The Mets have a 2-0 lead over the Cubs in the National League Championship Series with Jacob deGrom set to pitch in Game 3.
Suffice it to say, they feel pretty good about their chances. But the Mets aren’t oblivious to the fact everything could quickly change as the series shifts to Wrigley Field for the next three games. The Cubs send Kyle Hendricks up against deGrom in Game 3 of the NLCS, which begins at 7:07 p.m. CST on Tuesday night.
“The minute you think they're naive enough to think this is over, you're making a big mistake,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “They know exactly what they're facing. We've come in here a lot of games and had very well played games here at Wrigley Field and gotten beat. So we are certainly aware that we've got to continue to push forward.”
David Wright is one of the few players who traveled to Wrigley on Monday for an optional workout. The Mets third baseman -- who doubled in a run off Jake Arrieta in a Game 2 victory on Sunday -- believes his club has done a good job of focusing from game to game instead of looking at the big picture. Even though the Cubs are down, Wright knows the Mets continue to take their opponents very seriously.
“They’re in the postseason for a reason,” Wright said. “One of the things we’ve done really well this postseason is not worrying about what the series is at, but going out there and worrying about winning and playing well that specific game.
“The last thing we’re doing is trying to let down so this is something where you’ve got to keep the pedal on the gas the entire way.”
Collins expects the return home to fuel the Cubs offense.
The Cubs hit 92 home runs at home this season compared with 79 on the road. There’s also the improved weather as Tuesday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the 60s after the first two contests were played in 40 degrees.
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“Any team that's got good power, this is a good place to play,” Collins said. “And they've got it. I mean, we watched the games where they walk up there and they're hitting balls opposite field, right and left. There is no safe place in this park. So certainly there will be a different -- and the weather will be different. It's not going to be 38 degrees, it's going to be a lot warmer. So we certainly understand the dynamics of it all.”
“The Cubs play very well here. We haven't won a game here in two years, so we understand that it's going to be certainly a different atmosphere. But I don't think they get caught up in anything except trying to do what they do best, and that is go out and play the game right.
“We've got to swing better here. This is a park that hitting's huge. You've got to hit to win games here. So we've got to get ourselves going offensively and not worry about anything except winning tomorrow night.”