In the end, the ball getting lost in the Wrigley Field ivy turned out to be a footnote. Daniel Murphy homered for the fifth straight game, but even that wasn’t the headliner. But, in the end, as it has been this October, the real story was Jacob deGrom.
The Cubs homered twice off deGrom and had him on the ropes early, but as he did in Game 5 of the NLDS, he would not cave.
DeGrom has won his three postseason starts despite laboring in his last two. However, tonight he closed strong to complete seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts.
After a 29-pitch first inning, deGrom settled in and kept the ball low in the strike zone with his secondary pitches.
“In the first inning I was not locating my fastball,’’ deGrom said. “I made an adjustment early in the game and went to my off-speed pitches.”
The Mets will take a three-games-to-none series lead and can reach their fifth World Series in franchise history if they wrap it up Wednesday night behind Steven Matz. There have been 34 teams in history to take a 3-0 series lead and only one, the 2004 Yankees, failed to win.
“We’re not worried about that,’’ said Wright. “We’re worried about beating the Cubs tomorrow. … As we have won three games in a row, they can win three in a row. They have a good team over there.’’
It would be advantageous for the Mets to wrap this up tomorrow, as Kansas City has a 3-1 lead over Toronto in the American League. The World Series is scheduled to begin, Oct. 27, in the American League stadium.
The Mets need to put this away tomorrow as it will enable them to rest both deGrom and Matt Harvey, the scheduled Game 5 starter, who has a deep bruise on the back of his throwing arm.