Game Two: Murph and Granderson Propel Mets to Victory

Cy Young-hopeful Jake Arrieta hadn’t even gotten an out before Daniel Murphy crossed him off his bucket list, cracking a home run to the right field corner and giving the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Really, not enough can be said about Murph. That’s his fifth home run of the postseason, matching the Mets record set by Mike Piazza in 2000 (and he’s hit four of the five off who will most likely be the top three Cy Young-vote-getters!) Murphy has never been known as a power hitter, but he’s really turned it on here in the postseason in the wake of Wright, Cespedes, and Duda’s poor performances.

David Wright broke out of his slump in a big way in the bottom of the first, driving in Curtis Granderson with an RBI double to dead center. Granderson had quite a day himself, stealing two bags, scoring twice, and robbing Chicago outfielder Chris Coghlan of what looked like a sure-home run. Notably, Lucas Duda went 0-for-3, sinking even further in his postseason slump.

Noah Syndergaard shined in his second postseason start, striking out nine over five and two thirds, allowing only one run on three hits. Jonathan Niese, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia all had nearly perfect outings in relief, securing a 4-1 Mets victory.

We can hope Wright and Cespedes are ready to come out of their postseason skid, though—as Wright had a big double in the first and Cespedes drove in a run on an infield single in the third. Thor was as dominant as anyone could expect him to be, recording nine strikeouts amidst a young, dominant Chicago lineup. Brace yourselves, Mets fans: the Mets are in great position to move on to, dare I say, the World Series.

Following an off day tomorrow, Jacob deGrom and the Mets will travel to Chicago to face off against Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs on Tuesday. The decision to start Hendricks came as a surprise to many, as he didn’t have the best regular season, as he finished with a 3.95 ERA. Jason Hammel, who was expected to start Game Three, is instead now likely to start Game Four. With deGrom on the hill, you’ve got to like New York’s chances in this one, as this is the first time that the Mets appear to have a clear advantage going into a game.

As long as I didn’t just jinx it.

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