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Mets playoffs: On the brink of the World Series, Mets taking it one game at a time

The New York Mets are one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 2000.

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After defeating the Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS 5-2, the New York Mets find themselves in apparent control of the series and only one win away from their first trip to the World Series since 2000.

Everything has gone the Mets' way in this series, from Cubs' defensive miscues to the spectacle that is Daniel Murphy. The little things are breaking for the Mets, and they're turning into victories. Despite a best-case-scenario lead in the series, the Mets realize that this is far from over. David Wright, who has been in the NLCS before, knows how important it is not to look beyond the next game.

"I think we’ll feel better after another win. That’s for sure. The last thing we need to start doing is thinking beyond tomorrow. Tomorrow is the most important game. Hopefully we can close it tomorrow."

34 teams in major league history have had a 3-0 lead in a best of seven series. 33 of them have moved on, with the 2004 Yankees being the only exception. The link between then and now? Theo Epstein was running the Red Sox at the time.

Tonight, the Mets will send rookie and New York native Steven Matz to the mound to try and go for the sweep in Wrigley Field.

"I think it's going to be a lot of fun," Matz said. "I've never been here before or played here before or never even seen a game here. I'm really excited. I've heard these fans are great. It's a great ballpark, lot of history here, so it's going to be fun."