Mets complete sweep of Cubs, reach World Series
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The New York Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series with an 8-3 rout on Wednesday that put them into the World Series for the first time since 2000.
Daniel Murphy added to his spectacular postseason by belting a home run for a Major League Baseball record sixth game in a row, while first baseman Lucas Duda came out of a slump to drive in five runs in the first two innings to lift the Mets.
Murphy, who hit four home runs and drove in six during the series, was named Most Valuable Player of the league championship.
Mets captain David Wright said he and his team mates were besides themselves with excitement about having a chance to win the team's first MLB title in 29 years.
"When you grow up as a kid and you think about playing in the World Series, you're in your backyard with your Whiffle Ball bat saying, ‘Game Seven, full count and bases loaded,’" Wright said, admiring his new World Series cap with a huge grin.
"And now we get to experience it! Are you kidding me? It just feels too good to be true.”
New York will play the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays in the best-of-seven World Series starting next Tuesday.
The loss meant the young, hard-hitting Cubs would have to wait at least one more season to carry the frustrated franchise back to the Fall Classic, which they last played 70 years ago.
Chicago swept all seven of the regular season contests between the teams, but the Mets had the last laugh and never trailed the Cubs during any game of the series. Continued...