So the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets are going to face each other for a chance to go to the World Series. Raise your hand if you predicted that during Spring Training. In all seriousness good for these two franchises. The Cubs are making their first NLCS appearance since 2003, when the infamous Steve Bartman incident occurred. The Mets are making their first appearance since 2006. Both of these teams have youth, leadership, and some amazing talent. All I can say is I am excited for this NLCS to begin, and it starts on October 17th. Get ready for a fun series folks.
First lets look at the pitching, because there is going to be plenty of it this series. On the Mets side, they have Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and possibly Steven Matz. On the Cubs side, they have Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. So in this series alone, we’re going to see a possible Cy Young winner, the Dark Knight, Thor, a two-time World Series champion, and a reigning rookie of the year. In other words, hitters beware. To be completely honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if neither team scores more than 3 runs in any game this series.
Now let’s have a look at some of the hitters this series. You have Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Curtis Granderson. So you have Captain America, the only person to homer off of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, a 30 home run, 30 hit by pitch player, a possible Babe Ruth reincarnation due to his home runs this postseason, and a potential rookie of the year. So basically you have some of the most well known hitters and some of the best up and coming players going against these pitchers. Maybe there will be fireworks this series.
On the whole, this series is going to be exciting. The Cubs are looking fantastic right now, and the Mets just took down arguably the best 1-2 starting pitcher pairing in MLB. Neither of these teams will go down easily. I would have to give the Cubs the advantage in hitting, but the Mets have the advantage in pitching. For a seven game series, I would have to say my prediction would be the Cubs in six games. I just have a feeling that the Cubs youthful lineup will overpower the Mets pitching, especially if Matt Harvey has his innings limit in place.