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The Mets put the final nail in the coffin of the Chicago Cubs, completing the sweep and sending them into the 2015 World Series. And they simply repeated the same process they utilized each and every game before - one of their young starters (this time it was Steven Matz) overmatched the Cubs hitters, Jeurys Familia put the finishing touches on in the ninth, and I am getting tired (not really) of saying this...Daniel Murphy hit a home run.

The Mets starters simply did not give the Cubs a chance to breathe. The Chicago hitters were able to put a chink in the armor here and there, but the Cubs never led at any time during the four game series. The Mets staff just completely overpowered the power hitters of the Chicago lineup.

MurphyNLSeriesMVPAnd what can you say about Daniel Murphy? He hit a home run in each of the four games in the series and in six consecutive post season games dating back to the Dodgers series...something nobody has ever done in the history of the game. He just caught fire and has not cooled off. He had a remarkable series hitting, on the base paths, and in the field. And justifiably so, he was awarded the NLCS MVP.

You have to be happy for Murphy...with all of the talk about him as a "liabiity"...he has now emblazoned his lore as a folk hero in Mets history. You have to feel good for David Wright...it was just a couple of months ago that the experts said his career was over. And his faith in the organization and decision to stay on board...as well as all of his hard physical work to come back from a serious back issue...was rewarded with a trip to the World Series. And Wilmer Flores...the young man who thought he was a goner at the trade deadline...has shown he IS a capable shortstop and a reliable hitter...and IS still around to be in the World Series.

And let's face it. For all of the people who were calling for the head of Sandy Alderson...as recently as mid-July...the man kept his promise. The Mets DID play significant games in September. The Mets HAVE played even more significant games in October. And now they will play the MOST significant games that they have played in 15 years in the 2015 World Series.

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Alan Karmin is an award-winning journalist and author. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent most of his life growing up in the New Jersey suburbs. Alan's family were avid Brooklyn Dodgers fans and when the Dodgers moved west, the Mets became the team to root for. The Mets have always been a true focal point, Alan even wrote a term paper in high school to analyze what was wrong with the Mets. While at the University of Miami, Alan honed his craft covering the, gulp, Yankees during spring trainings in Fort Lauderdale for a local NBC affiliate, as well as the Associated Press and UPI. He broadcasted baseball games for the University of Miami, and spring training games for the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos. New York Mets Mania is a forum for Alan to write about his favorite team and for baseball fans to chime in and provide their thoughts and ideas about New York's Amazin' Mets.