The Mets beat the Cubs 4-2 behind an excellent performance from Matt Harvey and more heroics from Daniel Murphy. A Game 1 is a huge advantage historically, so the Mets have to feel good with a 1-0 lead and Noah Syndergaard taking the mound on Sunday night. For now, let's relive the action of Game 1, one highlight at a time.
Daniel Murphy wasted no time adding Jon Lester to his list of postseason victims, launching this first inning home run—his fourth of the postseason—to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
That lead wouldn't last, as the Cubs tied the game in the fifth. Starlin Castro tried to score the go-ahead run on a single to left, but Yoenis Cespedes was having none of that.
That outfield assist would prove critical as the Mets retook the lead and Curtis Granderson's single in the bottom half of the frame.
Mercifully for every Mets fan's nerves, Travis d'Arnaud added some insurance (what would turn out to be the game winning RBI) with this absolute bomb to straight-away center field.
Meanwhile, Matt Harvey had to work through some trouble in the top of the seventh, but he ended the threat with this strikeout.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Mets worked on manufacturing a run. No doubt inspired by Cespedes and Jose Bautista, Matt Harvey got in on the bat flipping theatre after his sacrifice bunt.
Having been bunted to second by Harvey, Juan Lagares stole third, then scored the Mets' fourth run on this Curtis Granderson sac fly.
Of course, Murphy wasn't satisfied just starting the game with a bang, he had to close it out with one too. His diving, short hopped pick on Tommy La Stella's hard-hit line drive ended the game.