The Cubs struck back early, tying the ball game at 1 with an RBI double by Starlin Castro. Threatening more on a single by Javier Baez, Castro tried to score from second, but not on Yoenis Cespedes’ watch. Curtis Granderson, having a very productive postseason in the shadow of Daniel Murphy, drove in Juan Lagares on an RBI single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh, giving the Mets their second and fourth runs of the game.
Does anyone still think postseason experience means everything? Jon Lester pitched decent, but was no match for the Dark Knight in Gotham. Lester allowed four earned runs on eight hits through six and two thirds in the loss. Matt Harvey, on the other hand, went perfect through four innings, ultimately tossing seven and two thirds innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, striking out nine, with his lone blemish coming on a Kyle Schwarber bomb in the eighth inning. Jeurys Familia came on in the eighth to convert the four-out save and put this one in the win column. Fittingly, the game ended on a beautiful diving stab by Daniel Murphy.
Despite the postseason battery in Lester and David Ross, the Cubs just couldn’t stop the Mets offense. The opposing battery, Harvey and d’Arnaud, was far more effective without the slightest bit of playoff experience until this year.
Although it hasn’t been glamorous, the Mets’ offense should most certainly be a source of pride for this inexperienced team thus far in the postseason. They’ve ran some of the best pitchers in the game—Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Jon Lester—from some big games, and it doesn’t look they’ll stop anytime soon.
Noah Syndergaard will take the hill against Cy Young hopeful Jake Arrieta tomorrow night for Game 2. Syndergaard is coming off a tough loss in Los Angeles in what will go down as the ‘Chase Utley Game’. Arrieta, on the other hand, is coming off a dominating performance in the Wild Card Game, and a pretty good outing in his game against the Cardinals in the Division Series. Arrieta dominated the Mets this year, going 2-0 in two games with a 1.13 ERA. It’ll be a matchup for the ages; as these two young aces will no doubt have an impact on their franchises for years to come.