Oct 23

Wright Responds To Cubs’ Gesture

Mets captain David Wright was extremely taken by the Cubs’ gesture of presenting him the third base bag from the deciding Game 4 of the NLCS.

In an email, Wright wrote the gesture was: “Incredibly cool. I’m very appreciative of the gesture and I will obviously display it proudly. Both the Cubs organization and the Cubs fans are top notch.”

Thanks David for your response.

ON DECK: Mets World Series rotation.

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Oct 23

Mets’ Fans Should Be Pulling For Toronto

As Mets fans, I would think you would be pulling for Toronto tonight and the ALCS to go seven games. Regardless of the opponent, the World Series starts Tuesday, but you want it to go seven to put a strain on whatever rotation gets in.

From the Mets’ pitching perspective, Toronto should be a better match-up. The Blue Jays have a powerful lineup, while the Royals tend to be more of a contact team. That being said, I can see Mets pitchers piling up the strikeouts.

Of course, the flip side to all this is Mets-killer Troy Tulowitzki. That reminds me, I wonder what Jose Reyes is thinking right about now. Reyes against the Mets in the World Series would have been fun.

ON DECK: Wright responds to Cubs gesture.

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Oct 20

DeGrom Does It Again; So Does Murphy

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: Does it again. (GETTY)

DeGROM: Does it again. (GETTY)

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.”

In addition to deGrom and Murphy, the Mets manufactured a couple of runs. And, of a potential sign of things to come, David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes each had three hits.

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.

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Oct 20

Mets Lineup, Game 3, NLCS

Here is the Mets’ lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS tonight in Chicago:

Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Wilmer Flores – SS
Jacob deGrom – RHP

COMMENTS: Up 2-0, there’s no reason to substantially change anything. … There was some thought as to dropping Wright in the order, but to where?  Keep him second and hope he snaps out of it. And, whatever Murphy is doing keep everything the same. Don’t even change his socks. … They really aren’t doing anything with Cespedes and Duda, are they?

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Oct 20

DeGrom Says Fatigue Not A Factor

Fatigue has been an underlying issue for Mets pitchers in the second half of the season and playoffs, but Game 3 starter Jacob deGrom is hearing nothing about it.

The Mets’ All-Star pitcher cruised through the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS with 13 strikeouts, but labored in Game 5 stranding five runners in scoring position.

DEGROM: Poised and ready. (Getty)

DEGROM: Poised and ready. (Getty)

However, he never gave up that one hit that could have changed the Mets’ season.

I felt fine the whole time,’’ deGrom said. “The adrenaline definitely helps. This is the most I’ve thrown in a year. It’s tough to say if I had this many innings in the regular season how I’d feel. But, I think playoff time, the adrenaline definitely kicks in.’’

The Mets can take a 3-0 games stranglehold on the NLCS with a victory tonight behind deGrom, who clearly knows what is at stake.

Only one team in history – the 2004 Yankees – lost a 3-0 series lead.

“I think we have a lot of confidence going into this game,’’ deGrom said. “We matched up well against two great pitchers and we got a chance to take a 3-0 lead tomorrow. The guys are putting up runs for us, and our job is just to keep it close and let them do what they’ve been doing.’’

Confidence, however, is measured in part by an ability to forget.

In three career starts against the Cubs, deGrom is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA, including giving up eight runs in 10 innings at Wrigley Field. In his seventh start of this season, deGrom gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.

After that game, deGrom went on a 16-start run where he posted a 1.44 ERA and opposing hitters batted .167 against him.

“I haven’t looked back at it too much,’’ deGrom said. “I know they weren’t very good starts. I’m going to flush that. I know this is the playoffs, so it’s going to be a good start for me.

“That’s what we play for. We play to get this chance, and you never know how many times you’re going to get it. So when you get this chance you want to make the best of it.’’

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