Two games of the NLCS are in the books and right now the Mets, not the Cubs look like baseball’s team of destiny. The mystique and aura of Chicago’s beloved Cubbies wore out faster than Travis d’Arnaud’s mitt from a Noah Syndergaard fastball.
The Amazin’s toppled the Cubs best starting pitchers Jon Lester and Jake Arietta with the help of Daniel Murphy’s heroics.
Leading 2-0, the Mets will enter the no-so friendly confines of Wrigley Field looking to take a stranglehold on the series.
New York sends ace Jacob deGrom to the hill to oppose Kyle Hendricks. The Cubs third starter fashioned an 8-7 record in the regular season pitching to the tune of a 3.95 ERA.
In his first postseason start, Hendricks earned the win over St. Louis despite surrendering three earned runs and three home runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Meanwhile, deGrom carries a 2-0 record and 1.38 ERA into his third start of the playoffs.
During the regular season deGrom struggled against the Cubs posting an 0-2 record and 6.10 ERA.
Hendricks on the other hand shutdown the Mets in his only start against them tossing six innings of scoreless ball, while allowing just three hits.
Chicago will be fighting for its playoff life on Tuesday night, and the Mets want to do everything in their power to push the Cubs to the brink of elimination.