Jon Lester had the postseason experience, but last night our Dark Knight arose to the occasion and was better than the hype.
Matt Harvey flirted with a perfect game into the fifth inning and pitched into the eighth inning, striking out nine while limiting the Cubs to just two runs on four hits. Meanwhile, Lester gave up solo home runs to Daniel Murphy and Travis d’Arnaud among eight hits over 6 2/3 innings en route to his fifth career postseason loss. (At least one baseball columnist suggested that the Cubs might want to stop payment on Lester’s next paycheck.)
It’s good to be on top.
Tonight, the Mets hitters will face a tougher challenge in Jake Arrieta, while Terry Collins will likely have to rely on his bullpen more extensively with Noah Syndergaard pitching on short rest after extended relief work in NLDS Game 5.
Let’s go Mets!