Half of the World Series table is now set.
The New York Mets are going to the World Series.
New York started Game 4 hot, offensively, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding two more in the second to take an early 6-0 lead.
Lucas Duda homered to center field with two runners on, and Travis d’Arnaud followed with a home run of his own. Duda knocked in two more runs in the next frame with a double to right to extend the lead.
The biggest hit of the night, at least from a historical standpoint, though, came in the eighth inning off the bat of Daniel Murphy. Murphy, playing in the first postseason of his career, had hit a home run in five straight games entering Wednesday.
His streak looked as though it could come to an end, but instead, he drilled the 1-1 pitch from Fernando Rodney into the bleachers at Wrigley Field. It marked Murphy’s sixth consecutive game with a home run, and his seventh total long ball of the postseason.
Murphy’s six-straight playoff games with a home run is a Major League Baseball record by any player, and his seven post-season home runs are the most by any second baseman in baseball history.
For the Mets thus far, the recipe for success has been simple – get great pitching from your starting pitchers, and let the offense do the rest.
The eight runs the Mets scored Wednesday was the most they had scored since Game 3 of their NLDS series, when they scored 13 runs off the Dodgers. Since then, the offense hadn’t scored more than five runs in a game.
Just when they needed to, however, just when the Cubs might have woken up in front of the home crowd and tried to claw their way back into the series, the Mets bats were jump started.
The six runs New York scored in the first two innings quieted the Wrigley crowd, and Steven Matz getting out of the fourth by just allowing one run after Chicago loaded the bases with no outs, is what you can say ended the Cubs season.
And where Chicago’s magical season ends, New York’s season keeps going.
Sure the Mets won’t have home-field advantage in the World Series, but they’ve shown so far they don’t need to play at home to win.
New York won Games 1 and 5 on the road in Los Angeles, and also took Games 3 and 4 at Wrigley to complete the sweep.
American League teams beware: the Mets are good.
29 years is a long time to wait.
Scott Boras may have taken out an insurance policy on Matt Harvey’s arm earlier this week, but the Mets owners may want to look into upgrading their coverage at Citi Field, because if the Mets win the World Series at home, Mets fans will be partying like it’s 1986.