NEW YORK – After a frigid weekend in New York, the Mets are set to take the field Tuesday night at Wrigley riding a 2-0 lead and a wave of momentum in the series.
A Mets win tonight could all but seal another year under the Billy Goat Curse for Cubs fans. After starting on short rest in Los Angeles, the Amazins appear to have the pitching advantage -- ace Jacob deGrom will face the Cubs' number three starter, Kyle Hendricks.
"We play to get this chance, and you never know how many times you're going to get it," deGrom said. "So when you get this chance you want to make the best of it."
The Cubs are hoping they see the same deGrom they did in May and July when they touched him up both times -- scoring four runs off the Mets ace in both victories.
While deGrom had his struggles early in the season, his ERA stabilized before the playoffs, setting up two gutsy, solid performances that propelled the Mets to a National League Division Series win over the Dodgers.
Hendricks faced the Mets once during the regular season, winning a tight contest at Citi Field 1-0.