With their 8-3 victory against the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS, the New York Mets have become NL Champs and World Series bound.

By Robby Sabo

It is official. The New York Mets have taken the 2015 NL Pennant with their emphatic 4-0 series sweep against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS.

They will now await the winner of the ALCS between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals to see which city they’ll travel to for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.

That’s right Mets fans, thanks to a 8-3 Game 4 victory tonight, your team is in the World Series, their first such appearance since 2000 and fifth overall.

Tonight it was Steven Matz’s turn to get the job done on the pitching front for New York. He took the ball from Terry Collins to start the game, but could only muster 4.2 innings of one-run, four-hit ball over just 76 pitches before receiving the quick hook.

Matz’s only blemish came in the fourth-inning. Chicago managed to load the bases with no outs, but could only cash in once. Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia came on afterwards to pitch 4.1 innings of two-run ball.

While the pitching did their job, yet again, this night belonged to the offense. And no, Daniel Murphy didn’t hit a home run. Instead, he came up relatively small with a 4-for-5 night making many think he actually is human.

Wait a second, he did smack a home run. In fact, this now makes seven total postseason dingers for the man and the sixth straight game in which he’s gone deep (a new MLB record). It only felt like he didn’t because it didn’t occur until the eighth inning.

He was also named the NLCS MVP.

Aside from the illogical Murphy discussion, the lineup struck quick in this one, as they’ve done pretty much all series. The one man who’s been silent for the entire postseason, Lucas Duda, put the finishing touches on this series against Cubs starter Jason Hammel.

Duda smacked a three-run shot in the top of the first, which was properly followed up by a Travis d’Arnaud solo home run. Along with a two-run double in the second-inning, Duda finished with 5 RBI in total.

When it comes to conversation, Game 4 of the NLCS will just be a box score. It’s as simple as that. Like the previous two games beforehand, this one had that same overwhelming Mets-feel to it.

It wasn’t a game, it was a ceremony for the New York Mets and their dominance over the young Cubbies. It was a good-old fashion butt whipping.

Despite coming into the playoffs as underdogs, the Amazin’s have now suddenly found themselves as the favorites. This phenomenal young pitching – who has all arrived at the same time – won’t be stopping anytime soon. In fact, they’ll continue to go strong against the American League Champs.

Your New York Mets are 2015 National League Champions.

The 2015 MLB World Series will begin on Tuesday, in either Kansas City or Toronto.

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