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NLCS GameThread: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs - Game 3

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The New York Mets took the first two games of their NLCS matchup with the Chicago Cubs, but now they play Game 3 in Wrigley Field with Kyle Hendricks on the mound vs Jacob deGrom. Game Time: 8:00 PM; TV: TBS; RADIO: ESPN.

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The Chicago Cubs dropped the first two games of their NLCS matchup with the New York Mets in Citi Field, but skipper Joe Maddon told reporters on Monday that no one was panicking just yet when asked if there any sense of desperation among his players. The focus, Maddon said, was on winning Game 3.

"I just rather attempt to go out and win tomorrow's game, that's it," Maddon explained.

"I don't want them to think about it in any other way, shape or form. It's about Tuesday. Again, I've been kind of repeating the same mantra the whole way through, we need to put together several one-game winning streaks. If we keep it one game at a time, we've a good shot of doing it.

"If you want to get into that result-oriented method of thinking, it's not going to play. So for me, for us, I'm really happy our guys have adopted that method.

"We'll come out tomorrow, we'll be ready to play. Our guys are always ready to play. Their prep is great.

"The camaraderie among the group cannot be better. It's impossible. So we'll go out and play tomorrow, and the expectation is to win one game at a time."

The Cubs took all seven regular season matchups with the Mets before dropping the first two games of their best-of-seven series.

In spite of the fact that they took a 2-0 lead and have Jacob deGrom on the mound tonight, opposite the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks, Mets' manager Terry Collins said his team would take nothing for granted.

"They don't get too far ahead of themselves," Collins told reporters.

"And I think that's why we've been as resilient as we have. When we've had an ugly game or lost three or four in a row, we don't get caught up in anything except for the next game, be it tonight or tomorrow or anything else.

"So they are certainly aware that we're coming to a different park. The Cubs play very well here. We haven't won a game here in two years, so we understand that it's going to be certainly a different atmosphere.

"But I don't think they get caught up in anything except trying to do what they do best, and that is go out and play the game right."

Game 3 of the NLCS gets started at 8:00 PM in Chicago...

Today's Lineups:

NEW YORK METS CHICAGO CUBS
Curtis Granderson - RF Dexter Fowler - CF
David Wright - 3B Kyle Schwarber - LF
Daniel Murphy - 2B Kris Bryant - 3B
Yoenis Cespedes - CF Anthony Rizzo - 1B
Lucas Duda - 1B Starlin Castro - 2B
Travis d'Arnaud - C Jorge Soler - RF
Michael Conforto - LF Miguel Montero - C
Wilmer Flores - SS Kyle Hendricks - RHP
Jacob deGrom - RHP Javier Baez - SS

Hendricks vs the Mets:

Mets PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Lucas Duda 6 4 2 1 1 2 .500 .667 1.250 1.917
Curtis Granderson 6 6 1 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Daniel Murphy 6 6 1 1 1 .167 .167 .333 .500
Juan Lagares 5 5 .000 .000 .000 .000
Wilmer Flores 4 4 .000 .000 .000 .000
Travis d'Arnaud 3 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Kelly Johnson 3 2 1 1 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Jon Niese 3 3 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
David Wright 3 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Michael Cuddyer 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Kevin Plawecki 2 2 1 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Total 43 40 6 1 1 2 2 6 .150 .190 .250 .440

deGrom vs the Cubs:

Cubs PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP missG
Starlin Castro 9 8 2 1 1 .250 .333 .250 .583
Anthony Rizzo 9 9 3 1 2 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Chris Coghlan 6 4 1 2 1 .250 .500 .250 .750
Tommy La Stella 5 5 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Kris Bryant 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 .500 .667 2.000 2.667
Chris Denorfia 3 3 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Dexter Fowler 3 1 1 1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1
Miguel Montero 3 3 1 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Jorge Soler 3 2 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Jake Arrieta 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jon Lester 2 2 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
David Ross 2 1 1.000 1 1
Travis Wood 2 2 1 1 3 .500 .500 2.000 2.500
Total 52 43 11 3 7 7 11 .256 .373 .465 .838 1 1 1