As the NLCS heads to Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Mets will look to grab a 3-0 stranglehold in the series vs the Cubs. They’ll be in a great position to do so, sending Jacob deGrom to the hill who will hope to build upon his already impressive postseason resume. In two starts in the NLDS vs the Dodgers, deGrom allowed just two runs in 13 innings pitched while striking out 20 batters. He was slightly roughed up, however, in his one start vs the Cubs this season, allowing three runs and seven hits while only registering two strikeouts in an early July loss.
Countering for the Cubs is Kyle Hendricks, who lasted only 4.2 innings in the Cubs’ NLDS Game 2 win vs the Cardinals last week. He allowed three runs in the game, all coming off solo home runs, but the 25-year-old has a strong track record vs the Mets, limiting them to a career .140 batting average in 43 combined at bats.
The Cubs and Hendricks will be happy to see a change of scenery. Hendricks’ ERA was more than a full run lower at home this season, while the Cubs are undefeated at home so far during the postseason, hitting nine home runs in the two games at Wrigley.
Teams who jump out to a 2-0 lead in LCS’ have won 22 of 25 series since the best-of-seven format began.