Cubs Game 3 Notes For Tuesday vs. NY Mets

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* This is the fourth time in franchise history the Mets have taken a 2-0 lead in a postseason series. New York has won each of the three previous series. The Cubs have lost all seven postseason series in which they have trailed 2-0. Historically, teams with a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series own a series record of 63-13 (.829) all-time. However, teams with the 2-0 series lead own a record of 34-42 (.447) in Game 3 all-time.

* The Mets have held the Cubs to five hits in each of the first two games of the series. The Mets have never held a team to five or fewer hits in three consecutive playoff games, and the Cubs have never recorded five or fewer hits in three straight postseason games.

* With a home run in Game 1 of this series, Kyle Schwarber now has four homers in the playoffs – tied for the second most by a rookie in a single postseason all-time behind Evan Longoria (six in 2008). Miguel Cabrera also had four home runs as a rookie for the Marlins in 2003.

* Daniel Murphy’s five home runs in the 2015 postseason are the most in a single postseason by a Mets player all-time and tied for the most career playoff home runs by a Mets player with Mike Piazza. Murphy’s four-game streak with a home run is tied for the second-longest streak in playoff history behind Carlos Beltran (five straight in 2004). The only MLB players with more home runs through their first seven career postseason games are Ken Griffey Jr. and Beltran (six each).

* Kyle Hendricks has allowed just one run in two career starts against the Mets – earning the win in both games. Including the postseason, no Cubs pitcher has ever won his first three career games against the Mets. The last pitcher for any team to win his first three career games against the Mets was Doug Fister, who owns an active five-game winning streak against New York.

* Jacob deGrom has recorded 20 strikeouts in his first two career postseason games. Only two players in postseason history have ever record more strikeouts in their first two games – Bob Gibson and Tim Lincecum (22 each). Jake Arrieta also tallied 20 strikeouts in his first two career playoff appearances this season.


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