By Max Zuiker
As most of you know the Chicago Cubs are down two games to nothing in the NLCS. Yet somehow there is still plenty of hope with in us Cub fans. Yes, I know it looks bad. The fact that Jon Lester nor Jake Arrieta could win one in New York City is incredibly disappointing. Now it’s time for game three of the NLCS and time for the Cubbies to buckle down. It will be quite the task tonight for the young Cubs hitters facing Jacob DeGrom.
After winning the National League Rookie of the Year award last season DeGrom posted a CY Young worthy performance in his second season with the Mets. DeGrom went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA and struck out over 200 batters. In the NLDS DeGrom, beat both Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke who are two of the leading candidates for the NL CY Young award. The best part about that was he took an always critical game one from Kershaw and then wrapped up the series by beating out Grienke who posted the lowest ERA in the past 20 seasons. Although DeGrom had a great season he did not fare well against the Cubs who beat him twice in the regular season. Opposing DeGrom is another second year man, Mr. Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks over the regular season was 9-7 with 3.95 ERA and struck out 167 batters over 180 innings pitched. Kyle tossed six shutout innings in his only contest vs. the Mets this year.
I really feel good about the Cubs tonight. As much as I respect Jacob DeGrom, I think the Cubs bats will ignite tonight. I am looking for Kris Bryant who has gone 5-27 this postseason and Anthony Rizzo (4-24) to really put the team on their back tonight and drive in some early runs. With the wind speed at Wrigley Field expected to be between 8-16 MPH I expect there to be some home runs tonight. Watch out for Rizzo, Bryant, Starlin Castro, and Kyle Schwarber for the Cubs as all of these gentlemen are home run threats. As for the Mets watch out for Captain David Wright and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and second baseman Daniel Murphy to be the big bats the Mets need in order to succeed.
With all of these factors in play do you still believe in the Cubs or is New York on its way to a series sweep?