The New York Mets won their first National League pennant since 2000 on Wednesday night. The Mets simply were too much for the Chicago Cubs as they dominated every phase and swept the series.
It seems that early favorite to win this year’s World Series just may be the New York Mets after sweeping the Chicago Cubs in four games last night with a 8-3 win in Game Four of the National League Championship Series. The Mets were simply the dominant team throughout the entire NLCS.
The Cubs had defeated Pittsburgh in a one game wild card playoff and then went on to soundly defeat a St. Louis Cardinals team that had won 100 games during the regular season. The pitching, the offense, and the defense was all there for the Mets. The had some trouble in the divisional series with the Los Angeles Dodgers but they truly seem to be hitting their stride, according to The Sporting News.
The Mets had pushed across six runs before the third inning and it looked all over from there. The phenomenal Mets young second baseman, Daniel Murphy, did it again as he crushed another home run in the eighth inning to just add insult to injury before a packed house at Wrigley Field.
Even the first inning was an omen of things to come for long suffering Cubs fans. The Mets led off the first inning with a pair of back to back home runs from Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud. Duda drove in another pair in the second all by himself and suddenly the Cubs were reeling and trailing by an insurmountable 6-0.
The New York Mets have not won the National League Pennant since 2000 and have not won a World Series since 1986. The Mets had hung around the top all season long but some late season trades seemed to spark them to new heights as they headed into August. Except for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the were, perhaps, the hottest team in baseball heading down the home stretch.
They roared past Washington and showed the country that the Dodgers just didn’t have it when the pressure was on. Then, when they soundly crushed Chicago’s aces, Jake Arrieta and John Lester, in Games One and Two it seemed as if the Mets had become an unstoppable machine.
The Mets await the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals. That series has Kansas City leading, three games to two.