The New York Mets took a near unassailable 3-0 lead in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) Tuesday with a convincing 5-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs.
In what felt like monotonous act, Daniel Murphy and Jacob deGrom outclassed opposition players yet again and left little room to stage a comeback. Murphy became only the second player in playoffs history to homer on five consecutive occasions when he pounded a Kyle Hendricks sinker over the center-field in the third inning to give New York a 2-1 lead at Wrigley Field.
deGrom, who struck out 10 and walked one in seven innings, limited Cubs batters to only four hits. The ace pitcher became the first-ever Mets pitcher to win three postseason games on the road. The Cubs have been restricted only five runs in three games against the Mets’ dynamic pitching squad.
With the game tied 2-2 in the sixth and two outs, Trevor Cahill tried to fox Michael Conforto with a series of curveballs in the dirt, in an attempt to strike out Conforto. But Conforto responded by scoring from third and reaching base as the Mets took a 3-2 lead.
In the seventh inning, with Mets leading 3-2, Yoenis Cespedes drove in the Mets’ fourth run with a deep single off left fielder Kyle Schwarber’s glove before deGrom sealed the game-clinching 5-2 lead.
It seems like we’re headed for a World Series showdown between the Mets and the Kansas City Royals, who are also just a win away from competing for the richest prize in the sport.
The Cubs would need a historic comeback now since no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NLCS.
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 21, 2015