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NLCS continues on Sunday night

Oct 18, 2015, 6:03 PM EDT

USA Today


Series: Mets lead 1-0
 Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 8:00 p.m.
Radio: ESPN Radio
Weather: Partly cloudy, 46 degrees, wind 6 mph
Starting pitchers: CHC RHP Jake Arrieta (22-6, 1.77 ERA) / NYM RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 3.24 ERA)

The Mets took the first game of the NL Championship Series thanks to a dominant performance by Matt Harvey, who bested Jon Lester despite the latter’s long history of playoff success. Now the Cubs will turn to Jake Arrieta as they aim to even this series before it heads back to Wrigley Field.

Arrieta has been brilliant this season and the Cubs will need that to continue on Sunday night. The right-hander was solid in his first playoff game when he tossed nine shutout innings against the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game. But in his second outing he struggled with four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings in Game 3 of the NLDS. The Cubs did win that game despite Arrieta’s uneven performance.

Rookie Noah Syndergaard will take the mound for New York with the Mets hoping to take a two-game lead in the series. Syndergaard pitched twice in the NLDS, once as a starter and once as a reliever. He started Game 2 and gave up three earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in a Mets loss. He then threw a scoreless seventh inning in Game 5 highlighted by several pitches that topped 100 miles per hour on the radar gun.

  1. natsfan1a - Oct 18, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Come on, Cubbies, let’s make it interesting.

  2. Susanfaulkner - Oct 18, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Come on Cubs!! Just walk Murphy the remainder of the series

  3. paulfortier - Oct 19, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Tell me why they didn’t play in the afternoon. Playing during the night in the cold instead of during the afternoon in a warmer wheather is… ridiculous.

    • Susanfaulkner - Oct 19, 2015 at 9:19 AM

      True about the weather but TV competition with football. Only one game on Sunday night. Nobody needed to really watch that football game the outcome was going to be what it was. Pats victory Colts suck this year.

    • Section 222 - Oct 19, 2015 at 10:14 AM

      The World Series (maybe going into November…brrrr) will be at night too. TV ratings control the start times I’m sure.

  4. natsfan1a - Oct 19, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Yes, I think it’s about ratings and prime time dollars. I would think that the tv viewing markets are larger for the NLCS teams than for the ALCS teams.

  5. wmlsays - Oct 19, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Cubs and Mets younger and better than the Nats. I hope the Cubbies win. Rizzo failed to build a championship caliber team and now the Nats time is probably over. Other GMs simply better.





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