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2015 NLCS – New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs

The Cubs did it. They’re only one series win away from making the first World Series appearance in over 100 years. The Mets made it this far too though. Their World Series drought is much shorter but they want to be there just as bad the Cubs. Who will it be that we see represent the National League?

New York Mets (90-72)

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Game 1: Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA)

Game 2: Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA)

Game 3: Jacob deGrom (14-8, 2.54 ERA

Game 4: Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA)

Vs.

Chicago Cubs (97-65)

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Game 1: Jon Lester (11-12, 3.34 ERA)

Game 2: Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA)

Game 3: Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 3.95 ERA)

Game 4: Jason Hammel (10-7, 3.74 ERA)

It’s a tough draw for the Mets. They’re known as one of the most inept teams in baseball and usually their success this year would be more of a story. But the Cubs are the Cubs. They haven’t won a championship in over 100 years. They’ve won only one other playoff series other than their win this year. No one will be rooting for them in this series other than their fans.

The Mets strength is their starting pitching. Jacob deGrom beat both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in Los Angeles. That’s just incredibly impressive. He’s only one of their young and talented starters. Game 1 starter Matt Harvey can be dominant at times and game 2 starter Noah Syndergaard throws 100 mph with ease. The Mets rotation is clearly the best left in the playoffs.

The Mets offense was the best in the NL in the second half but was that just anally that good. In the series against the Dodgers it wasn’t David wright or Yoenis Cespedes that led the offense. Curtis Granderson did a great job in the leadoff spot but it was middling second basemen Daniel Murphy that carried the Mets. I think Murphy just had the series of his life and the Mets offense won’t keep up the production.

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The Cubs pitching isn’t as dominant but their solid all the way around and do have the best pitcher in the series, Jake Arrieta. He’ll need to come up big for the Cubs in this series though. He can’t have another game like he did in the NLDS. The four runs he gave up to the Cardinals equaled the number of earned runs he allowed in all of August and September. The guy has been too good during the regular¬†season to have a poor postseason.

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The Cubs offense was pretty average during the regular season but that wasn’t the case against the Cardinals. They hit a hundred home runs in just those four games against St. Louis.¬†With Javier Baez now playing in place of Addison Russel, this team has crazy power. If they keep hitting the ball out of the park they’ll be unstoppable.

I think the Cub’s offense will keep hitting and Arrieta will win the Cubs a couple of games including the deciding game 6.

The Pick:

Cubs in Six

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