Cubs try to bounce back against Mets.

By John Dempsey, WLS News

The Chicago Cubs will try to get back on track at Wrigley Field Tuesday night after dropping the first two games of the National League Championship Series to the New York Mets.

The Cubs followed up a 4-2 loss to the Mets on Saturday, with a 4-1 loss Sunday night at Citi Field in New York.

On Sunday the Mets Daniel Murphy hit his fifth playoff homer and rookie Noah Syndergaard outpitched the Cubs Jake Arrieta.  It was the fourth straight playoff game in which Murphy homered, the first time that has happened since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria did it in 2008.

Game three of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, with the Mets leading two games to none.   First Baseman Anthony Rizzo is looking forward to it, telling reporters, “I think it’ll be good.   Wrigley will be ready to go, our fans will be ready to go.  I know we will be, so will the Mets, so we just gotta come out and play good baseball”

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says, “Listen it’s never gonna be easy this time of the year.   They are good, we know that.   We’re also very good.   We just have to string together some more at bats.   You know the home run is a big part of our offense.  They kind of negated that a bit here.   You know, you just gotta turn the page, move it along.”

After the brutal weekend cold in New York, Wrigley temperatures will be in the 60’s at game time Tuesday.   The wind will also be blowing out, which will be a plus for the home run-dependent Cubs.

Game four Wednesday and if necessary, game five on Thursday, all at Wrigley Field.

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