It’s Daniel Murphy‘s world, we’re all just living in it. Papa Murph hit yet another big home run, this time to drive in David Wright who had a run-scoring double of his own in the previous at-bat. It was Wright’s first hit since Game 1 of the NLDS, but it was Murphy’s fourth home run in the last four games. MLB.com did the leg work, and stated “Murphy’s shot made him the eighth player in Major League history to homer in four straight postseason games, and the first in Mets history to homer five times in a single postseason. With five October homers, Murphy also matched Mike Piazza‘s franchise record for most career postseason long balls.” Oh and by the way, that was a very good 1-2 curveball nearly in the dirt that Murphy send along the right field foul pole
The other half of the winning combination was Noah Syndergaard‘s 5.2 innings of dominate pitching. He struck out nine, walked one and only allowed one run to score via a Kris Bryant double. Meanwhile Jon Niese, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia combined to allow just two hits over the final 3.1 innings. The Mets starters have so far stifled the young, potent Cubs offense, and hope to continue that trend when they travel to Chicago and the”friendly confines” of Wrigley Field.
These past two games have been impressive to say the least. This NLCS matchup was billed as great young pitching versus great young hitting. Yet only one of those things has shined thus far. The Mets, like they did with Los Angeles, have handled the opponent’s two best pitchers. They have the edge regarding starters moving forward into the Windy City and should realistically be able to come back home with a continued series lead. Or better yet, they may just come home to rest up for the World Series.