Cubs Lose Game 2, Now Trail 2-0 to the Mets
Thanks to Daniel Murphy's hot bat on a cold night at Citi Field, the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-1. The Mets now lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0.
The Mets improved to 29-14 (.674) all-time at Shea Stadium and Citi Field during postseason play, the best home winning percentage of any franchise.
Murphy's three-run homerun in the first inning made him the eighth player in Major League history to homer in four straight MLB Postseason games.
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's postseason struggles continued. Since his complete game win in the NL Wild Card Game against Pittsburgh, he has allowed eight runs in 10.667 innings of work. Sunday's loss was Arrieta's second non-quality start. In his last 12 regular season starts, he only gave up seven runs.
GAME 3: PREVIEW: The series heads to Chicago and Wrigley Field. Game 3 is scheduled for Tuesday with TV coverage beginning at 6:30 PM-CT on TBS. Of the 25 teams that have taken a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven LCS, 22 have gone on to win the pennant.
The Cubs will look to pitcher Kyle Hendricks to right the ship when they return to the 'Friendly Confines' Tuesday night. His last postseason start saw him only go 4.667 innings and gave up three solo homeruns including Matt Carpenter's NLDS Game 2 lead off homerun.
The Mets will give the ball to Jacob deGrom. It will be his third postseason start. In Game 1 of the NLDS, he blanked the LA Dodgers for seven innings.