The New York Mets have won the NL pennant for the first time since 2000 with an 8-3 win in Game 4 of the NLCS. The win gave the Mets a four game sweep.
The Mets dominated from the outset scoring four runs in the first on back to back home runs by Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud. Duda drove in two more runs in the 2nd with a double. Duda, who had been 3 for 21 in the post season, drove in five runs.
But no Mets triumph would be complete without a home run by Daniel Murphy. The Mets’ second baseman blasted a two run home run in the 8th inning. Murphy has now hit home runs in six consecutive post-season games, an MLB record. Needless to say, Murphy, who went 4 for 5 tonight, was named NLCS MVP going 9 for 17 with 4 HR and 6 RBI.
Well, so much for my prediction that the Cubs would win the NL pennant. It also goes to show that you can’t believe everything you see in Back to the Future 2. I guess we can take comfort that Biff didn’t profit off Gray’s Sports Almanac after all. But Marty McFly or no Marty McFly, the Cubs just didn’t have it. When Kris Bryant belted a two run home run in the 8th, it marked the first time the Cubs had scored more than one run in any inning in the NLCS. The Mets never trailed once in the series. The Cubs will have to wait for next year for the 107th consecutive time.
It remains to be seen who the Mets will play in the World Series. Earlier today, the Toronto Blue Jays staved off elimination with a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the ALCS. Game 6 takes place on Friday night in Kansas City.
The World Series begins on Tuesday night. That’s almost a week from now. The Mets could be quite rusty by then. On the other hand, Yoenis Cespedes had to exit tonight’s game with a sore shoulder. This break just might be what the doctor ordered. You also can’t dismiss a starting rotation of Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard plus young Steven Matz and the ageless Bartolo Colon.
The New York Mets last won the World Series in 1986 against the Boston Red Sox. Nothing more needs be said about that event.
I knew Mets would be good this year picking them to win one of the two NL Wild Card spots (along with the Cubs). But I didn’t think they’d be this good. No one did.