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NLCS GameThread: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets - Game 1

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The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets battle it out to see who represents the National League in the 2015 World Series. Jon Lester takes the mound for the Cubs vs the Mets' Matt Harvey tonight. Game Time: 7:30 PM; TV: TBS; RADIO: ESPN.

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"I think everybody kind of had enough talk and discussion about that whole ordeal," New York Mets' right-hander Matt Harvey told reporters yesterday when asked about the pitch/innings limit drama that came up in the last months of his first full season back following Tommy John surgery.

"I'll be the last person to ever bring that one up again," Harvey said.

He's still pitching in spite of the concerns about his workload and he's lined up to make two starts in the NLCS with the Chicago Cubs, who won all seven regular seasons games between the last two teams standing in the National League.

Harvey said the Mets are a much different team now than the one the Cubs beat in four games in Wrigley Field and May and Citi Field in late June.

"I think we've developed so much as a team," Harvey explained. "We've obviously added a lot of key parts, and we've really grown, and I don't think any of us have really looked towards any series in the past. We're really going into this with a new mindset, a new team basically, and like I said, we're all ready for it. We're all excited, and what's happened in the past really isn't on our mind."

Chicago's skipper Joe Maddon, who's sending Jon Lester out in Game 1, said the Cubs weren't thinking about the results from the regular season either and they don't really matter or have any effect on what's happening now.

"I really don't believe it does," Maddon told reporters.

"The only thing that matters is we know we can beat them. They know they can beat us because based on what they've gone through through this particular moment. So I don't think there is any real weight to be attached to that whatsoever. They're an entirely different team. We're pretty different too compared to that particular moment, but they are really different.

"Believe me, I don't even take any -- I take zero stock in that whatsoever, honestly.

"Those are some really close games, too, that we played against them. We won some close games.

"Things just happened to work in our favor in those moments. Their offense wasn't nearly what it is right now, so I -- I'm not even looking at that as being pertinent."

Game 1 of the NLCS starts at 7:30 PM EDT in Citi Field:

Today's Lineups:

CHICAGO CUBS NEW YORK METS
Dexter Fowler - CF Curtis Granderson - RF
Kyle Schwarber - LF David Wright - 3B
Kris Bryant - 3B Daniel Murphy - 2B
Anthony Rizzo - 1B Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Starlin Castro - 2B Travis d'Arnaud - C
Jorge Soler - RF Michael Cuddyer - 1B
Javier Baez - SS Wilmer Flores - SS
David Ross - C Juan Lagares - CF
Jon Lester - LHP Matt Harvey - RHP

Harvey vs the Cubs:

Cubs PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Chris Coghlan 9 8 3 1 2 1 .375 .333 .500 .833 1
Dexter Fowler 9 9 1 3 .111 .111 .111 .222
Miguel Montero 8 5 3 1 3 .600 .750 .800 1.550
Starlin Castro 6 6 2 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Anthony Rizzo 6 4 1 1 1 .250 .500 .500 1.000 1 1
Austin Jackson 4 4 1 1 1 .250 .250 .250 .500
Kris Bryant 3 3 1 2 .333 .333 .333 .667
Chris Denorfia 3 3 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
David Ross 3 2 1 1 1 1 .500 .667 1.000 1.667
Jorge Soler 3 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 2
Jason Hammel 2 2 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Addison Russell 2 2 1 1 1 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
Clayton Richard 1 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 59 52 14 5 3 5 16 .269 .339 .365 .704 1 1 1 2

Lester vs the Mets:

Mets PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Curtis Granderson 48 44 12 2 1 2 4 3 15 .273 .333 .500 .833 1
Michael Cuddyer 20 19 5 2 2 1 2 .263 .300 .368 .668
Kelly Johnson 17 15 1 1 2 4 .067 .176 .067 .243
Yoenis Cespedes 15 13 2 1 2 3 .154 .267 .154 .421 1
Lucas Duda 6 6 2 1 1 3 .333 .333 .833 1.167
Wilmer Flores 6 5 1 1 1 1 2 .200 .333 .800 1.133
Juan Lagares 6 4 1 1 1 1 .250 .500 .500 1.000 1
Daniel Murphy 6 6 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Kevin Plawecki 6 6 2 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
David Wright 3 2 1 2 .000 .333 .000 .333
Bartolo Colon 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jacob deGrom 2 2 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Total 137 124 28 5 1 4 11 11 33 .226 .299 .379 .678 2 1