Fans can watch the New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs game live online and see if the Cubs can squeeze out a victory in Citi Field or if the Mets can grab a stranglehold on the NLCS.
The Mets won Saturday’s Game 1 behind a masterful performance from Matt Harvey, who pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and two runs.
“I wanted this game bad,” Harvey said after the performance (via ESPN.com).
Cubs manager Joe Maddon credited Harvey with making the difference in the game. He kept the Cubs at bay, pitching out of trouble spots and striking out nine.
“If Harvey wasn’t pitching, it would have looked a lot better. He was outstanding tonight,” Maddon said. “His stuff is always good, but the command was outrageous tonight.”
Harvey was the center of controversy earlier this season when he — or at least his agent, Scott Boras — made it known that he would be on a hard innings limit and could end up being shut down. Harvey is coming off Tommy John surgery, and had been trying to conserve his arm.
The Mets pitched Harvey just once in the NLDS, but are now set up to have him pitch twice in the NLCS, and the innings limit controversy far in the past.
Harvey even took a line drive off his shoulder in Saturday’s win but remained in the game.
“The ball kind of dented my arm a little bit. Got me right in the triceps,” Harvey said. “It’s a little bit swollen right now, but the training staff will take care of that.”
The teams will return to Citi Field for Game 2, which starts at 8:07 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on TBS, but fans will be able to catch all the action live online (link below).
For the Mets, the win put an end to the talk of their 0 for 7 season series against the Cubs. While Chicago dominated the Mets during their regular-season series, those all came before the Mets infused offense in the form of Yoenis Cespedes. The Mets were also without David Wright for those games.
The Mets, 0-7 vs the Cubs this year, are 1-0 when it matters the most. Matt Harvey dominates, NY wins opener 4-2. pic.twitter.com/ld9QOoiQSg
— ESPN (@espn) October 18, 2015
The Cubs came into Saturday’s game having won 12 out of their last 13 games, including knocking of the MLB-leading St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS. Now, they will have to turn to ace Jake Arietta to stop the Mets from going up 2-0.
Fans who watch the New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs live online will also see if Daniel Murphy can continue his torrid stretch. The Mets second baseman hit just 14 home runs during the season, but already has four in the playoffs including a first-inning shot that put the Mets up 1-0.
“Saving the homers,” Murphy joked. “If I knew what I was doing I would have hit more homers during the regular season.”
Murphy later made a diving stab on the final out, robbing the Cubs of a hit that would have put the tying run on base.
“I freaked out when I caught it — and then you’ve got to make the throw,” Murphy said. “I was in the right spot.”
Daniel Murphy got it started w/ a HR & ended the game w/ a #WebGem. Oh and he’s hit a HR in 3 straight games. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/d7gyqHVq0V
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) October 18, 2015
The Mets will now turn to Noah Syndergaard for Game 2. The pitcher known as Thor for his giant stature and long blond hair made his major league debut against Arrieta earlier this year, a 6-1 loss.
“I remember I fell behind a few batters. Still kind of was a lot to take in. I just feel like a completely different pitcher now,” he said Saturday.
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