NLCS Game 1 Preview: New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs

The New York Mets send Matt Harvey to the mound in Game 1 to duel with Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester.

           The story of two teams with disappointing histories meeting in the National League Championship series makes for a great series battle. The thought of either the New York Mets or the Chicago Cubs being in the World Series is something that would not only shock Chicago and New York but the country as well. Game 1 is set for Saturday night at Citi Field as the Mets get the home field advantage for the series due to the fact that they were division winners while the Cubs got in as a while card team.

            The real contest is between the Mets pitching and the Cubs hitting. The Dodgers have a strong lineup but the Cubs unquestionably have a stronger one. There have already been eight Cubbies that have hit home runs and threeof those eight have two long balls. Those three guys are Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jorge Soler and they make up a lethal middle of the lineup. The Cardinals had one of the best five man rotations in baseball this year but their stuff is not nearly as dirty as the four guys that the Mets will unleash against them. Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Jacob Degrom can all hit 97 mph on the gun and they are all potential cy young candidates, if not then they already all are.

 

Pitching Probables:

 

Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71) vs Jon Lester (11-12, 3.34)

 

In what was such an anticipated start for the Mets first ever playoff game at Citi Field as well as the first ever playoff start of Harvey’s career, the Dark Knight let down the team after allowing three earned runs over six frames. Thankfully the Mets bats bailed out the team but expect Harvey to crank it up a notch in this one. Lester through 7 and a third innings in his postseason appearance and allowed three earned runs including one home run. The southpaw should expect better results against a struggling Mets lineup with the exception of Daniel Murphy of course.

 

Prediction:

 

Harvey and Lester pitch lights out baseball only to have the Mets bullpen blow up in the later innings. Cubs win 5-1 and it will be thanks to a go ahead hit by Anthony Rizzo.


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