The Rundown: Cubs to Face Mets in NLCS, Addison Russell Will Be Left Off Roster with Injury, Lester to Start Game 1

The opponent is set.

The Cubs are heading to New York to face the Mets in the NLCS.

As expected, the Zack Greinke/Jacob deGrom pitching matchup last night was a good one. Daniel Murphy, of all people, had a huge game (huge series, really), as he hit the go-ahead and eventual game-winning home run in the 6th inning off Greinke.

My thoughts on facing the Mets: I think the Cubs can shut down the Mets offense, but I worry about their staring pitching. They have three starters that can dominate on any given night, and a solid fourth option.

The Cubs went 7-0 this season against the Mets — definitely a highlight of the season — but don’t let that fool you. That was before the Mets acquired slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Detroit, and they were without third baseman David Wright.

I have confidence that the Cubs can take the series, however. Especially if they can jump out to a 2-0 lead with Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta on the hill.

The series kicks off Saturday at 7:00 Central. Can’t get here soon enough.

Russell being left off NLCS roster

With Addison Russell’s hamstring injury being called “moderate” by Joe Maddon yesterday, the young shortstop will …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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