The Mets made quick work of the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS, sweeping the series 4-0. They never trailed in any game during the series, and looked superior on both sides of the ball.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon was gracious in defeat, telling reporters after the game, “They played well. They didn’t make mistakes. I’ve got to give them credit.”
Because they won the NLCS so quickly, the Mets will be able to set their starting rotation for the World Series exactly the way they want it. Jacob deGrom, who is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts this postseason, will most likely start Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday night, Oct. 27. After deGrom, the Mets have Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz to turn to, and so far the Mets starters have been nothing short of incredible in the postseason.
The Mets’ relievers have been just as good, and they’ve been led by Jeurys Familia, who finished all four games against the Cubs in the NLCS. Familia has yet to allow a run in 9.2 innings of work this postseason, and has surrendered just two hits and two walks. Familia has five saves in eight appearances. Addison Reed had three scoreless outings in four appearances during the playoffs, and looks like the Mets’ second-best option out of the bullpen going into the World Series. Tyler Clippard has been the set-up man but has a 5.79 ERA in 4.2 innings, which is less than ideal. Bartolo Colon, who up until this season had never pitched in relief, has been able to pitch effectively when the Mets starters stumble.
As for the Mets’ offense, no one has been swinging a hotter bat - ever - than NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy. The Mets’ infielder broke an MLB record by hitting a home run in six straight playoff games, despite the fact that he had 14 home runs all year coming into the postseason. He is currently batting .421 this October. When asked after the game by TBS about his hot streak, the humble Murphy could not come up with a reason.
“I can’t explain it,” Murphy said, “It’s such a blessing to contribute to what we’ve been able to do.”
Maddon was dumbfounded when asked to explain Murphy’s hot streak as well.
“It’s just incredible,” he told the media after the game. “Line drive to left, homer to right or homer to center. He looks like he’s going to hit the ball hard on every pitch. It’s unusual to see a guy that locked in.”
Curtis Granderson (.303) and Wilmer Flores (.292) have also been getting on base. Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d’Arnaud have provided some pop. Having five days off between games could affect the Mets’ momentum, but if it doesn’t, they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the World Series.