The New York Mets have advanced to the NLCS for the first time since 2006. Matt Harvey has been named the game one starter against the Chicago Cubs.

By Vincent Rapisardi

1authorvince2 - New York Mets: Matt Harvey Slated To Start NLCS Game 1The New York Mets have fended off the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to advance to the NLCS. One of the better winner-take-all games we’ve seen in awhile.

With Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard starting and appearing in last night’s game, that leaves Matt Harvey available for game one of the NLCS.

A game that he will pitch in.

Harvey’s last start was on Monday against the Dodgers, where he went five innings giving up three runs on seven strikeouts in a 13-7 Mets win.

He’ll toe the rubber on Saturday night at Citi Field against the Chicago Cubs, which will surely be an absurd environment, experiencing it’s third home postseason game in it’s history.

His counterpart will be Jon Lester, who went 7 1/3 strong against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 4-0 loss.

The Mets have had their struggles against Chicago this season (0-7), but that was also before the team acquired Yoenis Cespedes, Tyler Clippard and others.

When Harvey was asked about the Mets record against Chicago this year, he said this:

“It’s a completely different team,” Harvey said. “We have a different mentality. We have a lot of different pieces. We have heart. We have drive. We’re not looking at what we did during the season. … It’s going to be tough for them to play at Citi Field, where it’s been rocking.” (according to ESPN)

In Harvey’s only start against the Cubs this season, he threw seven shutout innings. Just thought I’d let you know.

This should be good one.

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Vincent is the Direct of Content – Features of EliteSportsNY.com, where he’s had his work shared by outlets such as Bleacher Report, Maxim Magazine and MetsBlog.com. He’s also conducted multiple interviews with professional athletes, while creating two nationally trending stories – leading to a mentioning on SportsCenter.