New York Mets

Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, and the rest of the New York Mets have staked themselves to a 2-0 series lead in the NLCS.

New York Mets 4 (2-0) vs Chicago Cubs 1 (0-2)
Game 2 – Mets lead NLCS 2-0
Citi Field, Flushing, New York

By Robby Sabo

Once again, it was Daniel Murphy who lifted the New York Mets during a baseball time for gods. The time in October when the scenery changes and winter clothing is plentiful at Citi Field.

Murphy did it, yet again, during MLB Postseason time.

His first-inning two-run home run provided the Mets with an early 3-0 lead. This was more than enough for Noah Syndergaard and the rest of the pitching staff.

Scratch your eyes all you want Mets fans, your club now leads the NLCS 2-0 over the Chicago Cubs.

Right off the bat the Mets owned the night. First, Curtis Granderson led the game off with a hit. Then the captain, David Wright, doubled him home with a shot to center-field off the previously untouchable Jake Arrieta.

Then, of course, it was Daniel Murphy:

While Murphy’s fifth postseason home run – and fourth straight game with a dinger would’ve been enough for the club, Yoenis Cespedes added an RBI infield hit in the bottom of the third.

The reason that shot would’ve held up had everything to do with Noah Syndergaard. Thor, as he’s affectionately known as, went 5.2 strong. He surrendered only one run and three hits. Syndergaard’s only blemish came in that sixth-inning (before the hook) as rookie phenom Kris Bryant got the better of him on a double off the wall.

Speaking of Granderson, he flashed a little leather early on to rob Chris Coughlin of a solo shot:

With all of that going on, perhaps the best was yet to come. Jon Niese, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and closer Jeurys Familia combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless ball to wrap it up.

Arrieta was human for the second-straight game in these playoffs. His final line consisted of four runs off four hits over 94 pitches in just five innings.

The Mets have now taken the first two games of the NLCS. The scene will shift to Wrigley Field starting Tuesday night for the next three games.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]