Break out the Champagne
Celebrating with champagne is becoming a bit of a routine for the New York Mets.
The first time it happened was in Cincinnati when the Mets clinched the National League East. Then they celebrated in Los Angeles after knocking the Dodgers out of the playoffs with their game five win the NLDS.
On Wednesday night, the Mets got to celebrating again in Chicago when they completed their sweep of the Cubs to win the NLCS and send themselves to the World Series. With an 8-3 win over Chicago, the Mets punched their ticket to the Fall Classic with a National League pennant.
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Early bird gets the worm
From the beginning of this game, the Mets made it clear that their first trip to World Series in 15 years wasn't going to wait another day. Lucas Duda smacked a three-run home run in the first inning and Travis d'Arnaud went back-to-back with Duda with a solo shot.
The Mets went into the second inning with a healthy four-run lead, but Duda wanted to make the Mets' intentions clear with a two-run double to make it 6-0.
The man who has become the Mets offensive hero, Daniel Murphy, hit another home run; his sixth in just as many games. The home run broke Carlos Beltran's record of homers in five consecutive postseason games.
Murphy's performance this series had been nothing short of amazing and it was recognized when he was named the NLCS MVP.
Speaking about the MVP, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said,
"Daniel Murphy, I've not seen anything like this, I don't think ever, right now, it's just incredible, line drive to left, homer to right or homer to center... It's unusual to see a guy that locked in and that locked in at this particular moment."'
While the Mets definitely enjoyed success there was a scare when Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a shoulder injury. The outfielder says he will be ready for Game 1 of the World Series and will let nothing stop him.
"If not," Cespedes added, "I'll chop it off and put a new one on."
The struggle for the Cubs obviously lied in their pitching this game. Starter Jason Hammel recorded four outs and with them was charged with four runs. Their relief pitching showed no signs of help as the Mets scored another two runs in the second inning and ended the game with a total of eight.
The Cubs' offense lacked too, stranding four men on base in the fourth and fifth innings. Regardless of the last four games, the Cubs have had an absolutely phenomenal season.
They went from one of the "joke" teams in baseball to an NL powerhouse knocking out some of the best teams in baseball.
Going Forward: World Series Game One
The Mets will get a few days to rest before starting the World Series.
After their All-Star game victory, the AL was able to secure home-field advantage in the Fall Classic. The Mets will make their way to either Toronto or Kansas City once that series is decided.