NLCS Game 4 is tonight and with the way this series has been going it may very well be the grand finale. Daniel Murphy’s play continues to amaze the baseball world as he homered for the fifth straight game and was good for his sixth home run of the postseason. It really is amazing how a player who has never hit six home runs in a single month of his professional career can hit six home runs in his first eight postseason games against some of the best pitchers in baseball.
Let’s not forget that Jacob degrom has won every single game that he has pitched in for the Mets as he won two games versus the Dodgers and took one against the Cubs. Despite allowing a solo home run to Kyle Schwarber in the first inning, degrom pitched seven strong innings of two run ball.
Postgame press conferences consisted of pretty much every Mets player including Wright, Murphy, and degrom claiming that tonight’s game four is still a must win as they do not want to get too comfortable against Cubs team that could come roaring back with their bats.
The Cubs players remain optimistic that this series is far from over. In their postgame press conferences players of the likes of Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and manager Joe Maddon continued to emphasized that teams have come back from 3-0 down before and it can happen again.
The only team to ever do it was the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, who came back from 3-0 to beat the Yankees. Ironically, that Red Sox team was led by Theo Epstein, who is also leading the Cubs right now being down to 3-0 as well.
Steven Matz (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs Jason Hammel (0-0, 6.00 ERA)
Hammel is the slated probable pitcher for tonight’s game but don’t be surprised to see Jon Lester take the mound in the first of four elimination games that the Cubs will need to overcome.
With their backs up against the wall Maddon must be contemplating the best strategy moving forward of which pitcher to use tonight. Lester would be coming off of four days rest and would be needed tomorrow night if they were to win tonight anyways.
Mets close out the series and Murphy hits another home run. At this point it’s probably an easier forecast than a meteorologist predicting no rain in the winter. Matz tosses a gem and Mets win by a score of 3-1.