Cubs-Mets game highlights

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Addison Russell defense is great, especially his range, and for Cubs manager Joe Maddon the team’s defense is very important. The team made the decision to move Russell from second base to shortstop and Starlin Castro from shortstop to second, to boost their game. Javier Baez is replacing Russell, and is an above-average defensive shortstop, with tremendous power. Baez is a potent offense player, but without Russell their defense will not be the same.

Mets starting players Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, were necessary to win Game 5 of the LDS over the Dodgers. Having used both starters might be a disadvantage for the Dodgers, but this team has depth and can still start Matt Harvey at home in Game 1, and Syndergaard or Steven Matz in Game 2, this will have deGrom on full rest in Game 3. Harvey might be the answer for this situation, he will have to pitch twice in the NLCS in order to keep the other starters in sync.

The Cubs have a strong offense, they are the first team to hit six home runs in a postseason game. These homeruns were scored by Nos. 1-6 hitters in the lineup, making the Cubs the third team in history to achieve this. The other two teams were the Giants in 1954 and the Mets in 2015, but the Cubs were the first team to do it in a postseason game. It is no easy task to pitch this lineup, but you have to consider that the Cubs struck out more times this season than any previous playoff team.

Pitcher Jeurys Familia is overpowering. In Game 5 of the LDS at Dodger Stadium, Familia got six outs, and he did it on only 21 pitches. Jesse Orosco in Game 7 of the 1986 World Series was the previous pitcher to achieve this. Familia faced 16 batters without allowing a baserunner, in the LDS.

Jon Lester will start pitching Game 1. He was precisely signed in the off-season to pitch in a game like this. Lester has a 2.66 ERA with 72 hits allowed and 82 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings. Game 2 is for Jake Arrieta, who has a 0.81 ERA in 21 starts.

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