Cubs Game 4 Notes For Wednesday vs. NY Mets

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* This is the first time in franchise history the Mets have taken a 3-0 lead in a best-of-seven postseason series. The Cubs have found themselves in a 3-0 hole three times prior in team history – most recently the 1938 World Series against the Yankees. The only team in MLB history to rally from a 3-0 deficit and win a playoff series was the 2004 Red Sox against the Yankees in the ALCS.

* The Mets have now won four straight playoff games dating back to Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. The only time in franchise history the team has ever won five consecutive postseason games was 2000 – the last three games of the NLDS and first two games of the NLCS.

* Jorge Soler has reached base in each of his six games in the playoffs this season, the longest streak by a Cubs player to start his postseason career since Mark Grudzielanek in 2003 (seven). Soler has reached base 12 times in those games – the only Cubs players to reach base more often in their first six playoff games were Mark Grace (15) and Ryne Sandberg (13).

* Jeurys Familia has held opponents scoreless in each of the Mets’ last six games, just the third time a player has done so in six straight team games in a single postseason (minimum 1.0 inning pitched). The other two times were by Mariano Rivera for the Yankees in 2004 and 2009.

* The Cubs won Jason Hammel’s first start of the 2015 postseason in Game 4 of the NLDS despite Hammel pitching just three innings and allowing a two run home runs. He has allowed a home run in each of his last nine starts at Wrigley Field, the longest streak by a Cubs starter at home since Terry Mulholland in 1997 (also nine). The last Cubs pitcher with a longer streak was Fergie Jenkins in 1971 (10 starts).

* Steven Matz recorded his first career loss in his postseason debut as the Mets fell to the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS. It was the sixth time in MLB history a pitcher’s first career loss came in a postseason game (last: Chris Withrow in 2013) and the first time it happened to a starting pitcher.

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