Monday, October 19, 2015

2015 NLCS Game 2: Mets 4 Cubs 1

I don't know who is having a more amazing postseason: me or Daniel Murphy.
I'm very lucky have to now been to 3 of the Mets home games this postseason.
This time we had seats in left field.

We were just a couple sections over from the Apple which was sporting a bandage after getting bonked by Travis d'Arnaud's home run in Game 3.

Of course it is nice to be anywhere in the ballpark for such a game, and even better to be down on the field level. And I am glad I got to try these outfield seats but were too far back to catch a home run, and we missed some key plays that happened deep in center or left, including David Wright's first inning double.

Now, on to some thoughts about the game:
Daniel Murphy is on an unbelievable, ridiculous, unconscious roll. Not only has he hit home runs in 4 straight playoff games, he's them off Kershaw, Greinke and Arrieta who will surely finish 1-2-3 in the Cy Young voting, and Jon Lester who is no slouch. Just an incredible stretch, that will probably never be replicated but should be thoroughly enjoyed for however long it lasts.

Lucas Duda has been awful. But he has to stay in there against righties, and I don't think Michael Cuddyer is much better against lefties. Hopefully the big man will snap out of it and go on one of his hot streaks.

Good job by Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed. The Mets are going to need those two guys if they're going to win the World Series. They can't rely on starting pitchers to enter games on their "throw day."

Yoenis Cespedes has not been hitting but he has been making up for it in the field and on the bases. But the Mets need him to break out.

The Mets have a 2-0 lead with Jacob deGrom on the mound in Game 3. It is still possible to blow the series for sure. But at this point the Mets have to be huge favorites to make the World Series.

Let's hope they keep getting good pitching and timely hitting and add one more year to the curse of the Cubbies.

By the way, did you hear the name of the supposed goat in the Cubs curse story was named Murphy. And I found that in stories written before this week. The world is a crazy place sometimes, let's just enjoy the ride.

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