The New York Mets have swept the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series (NLCS) and are now World Series bound. The Mets are have won the 2015 National League Pennant, their first since 2000.
2015 NLCS Game 4 Recap
It was a sad day for the Cubs and their fans, it was even on the long predicted Back to the Future II “prophesy” day that the Marty McFly learns that the Cubs have won the World Series on Oct. 21, 2015. But the movie joke (the writer was a St. Louis Cardinals fan) was not to be, and the Mets came out roaring in their 8-2 win over the Cubs.
The Mets went back to back off of Cubs’ starter Jason Hammel. Curtis Granderson singled and Yoenis Cespedes walked to bring up Lucas Duda. Duda took a 94 four-seam fastball from Hammel deep to center for a three run shot. Next up was catcher Travis d’Arnaud who hit another Hammel fastball to deep right center for a solo-shot. Making the score 4-0.
Met’s pitcher Steven Matz held the Cubs to four hits over 4.2 innings while striking out four and allowing just one run in the fourth inning. He didn’t qualify for the win since he didn’t make it through a full five innings before Bartolo Colon came in to relieve him with two on and two outs in the fifth. The Cubs had a chance here to make it a ballgame with Kris Bryant at the plate but 42-year-old Colon struck out the 23-year-old slugging rookie phenom.
Colon was pitching in first Championship Series in 20 years and he ended up with the win. Addison Reed held the Cubs scoreless in the seventh. Both teams added on in the 8th inning. Postseason superstar Daniel Murphy hit his seventh home run of the playoffs and a record breaking sixth home run in six straight games with a two run shot off of Fernando Rodney and Kris Bryant went deep for two off of Mets’ reliever Tyler Clippard.
But the eighth inning was too little too late for the Cubs. Jeurys Familia closed out the game for the Mets with ease as he has all postseason.
Overall you have to feel for the Cubs who’s Curse of the Billy Goat (whose name was oddly enough, Murphy) remains and their World Series Title drought will now go to 109 years. However, the young Cubs team will be good for years to come and will be a force to watch out for next season as they were in 2015.
Now the Mets move on but a question does still linger: Will the time off help or hinder the team? The Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals could possibly play up two more games before the World Series starts. Will Murphy, who was named the Series MVP, be able to remain on the tear he’s been on throughout the playoffs? We will have to wait and see. Although he just might, Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon had this to say about Murphy’s performance,
“Daniel Murphy, I’ve not seen anything like this, I don’t think ever. I saw [Barry] Bonds in the 2002 World Series where you did not want to throw a baseball to him. Right now, it’s just incredible, 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 and that locked in at this particular moment.”
One thing is for certain, the Mets superior pitching will be a very tough for either of the American League offense-centered teams they will face in the World Series. If they can keep up their offense with Murphy, Cespedes and company going the Mets could end up World Champions.