Prior to the National League Championship Series baseball fans and Back to the Future fans alike thought this could be the Cubs year. Well unfortunately for them they ran into a brick wall know as the New York Mets. Behind the homer-happy Daniel Murphy and the best rotation in baseball, the Mets won the series 4-0.
Usually in these big time series they are closer then the final results say but this wasn’t one of them. From the opening pitch to the final out the Mets dominated the Cubs in all aspects of the game. They beat the Cubs $150 million man Jon Lester to take a 1-0 lead. The following night they got to Cy young front runner Jake Arrieta early and often to take the 2-0. They did the unthinkable, beat the best to pitchers the Cubs had and made Arrieta look line an average pitcher after a historic second half of the season.
As the series shifted to the Windy City and Jacob deGrom on the mound there was no chance the Cubs could win as they fell again. Murphy tied the record for most consecutive postseason games with a home run with five, and then broke it the following night. Game four started and the Mets continued to crush the Cubs scoring four in the first and the game was over. No way could the Cubs pull this one out and lost 8-3.
Who saw this coming? Not the sweep of the Cubs, not beating the Dodgers but getting to the show. Half way through the year this team was as offensively challenged as they get. They couldn’t win on the road, Terry Collins was on the verge of being fired at seasons end. Then the trade deadline approached and the move to bring in Yoenis Cespedes in and a mid-season collapse of the Washington Nationals had the Mets climbed to the top of the NL East.
A once stagnate offense was one of the best in the league. A team that couldn’t win on the road couldn’t seem to lose. The team found their stride but stayed under the radar until the playoffs. Once October starts anything can happen. This team is hitting on all cylinders and whoever comes out of the American League should worry. The 2015 season will be one that Mets fans tell their kids and their kids kids.
As the entire baseball world’s attention shifts to the Fall Classic I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets won in a quick series. Behind arms of Matt Harvey, deGrom and Noah Syndergaard the opposing batter will coward in the batters box. With and offensive that can’t seem to keep the ball in the park will give them more than enough to win. With maybe one of the best closers in the Big Leagues a 9th inning lead will be a victory.
My prediction? Mets win in five no matter who comes out of the American League.