MLB: New York Mets back in the World Series

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For the fifth time in franchise history, the New York Mets will be heading to the World Series.

Daniel Murphy homered for a record sixth straight postseason game, and the New York Mets completed a sweep of the Chicago Cubs via an 8-3 win Wednesday night for the National League Championship crown at Wrigley Field.

Murphy, who was tied with Carlos Beltran for the postseason homer streak, finished with four hits and batted .529 (9 for 17) in the series.

It was a fairly easy win for the Mets, who never trailed the Cubs to advance to the World Series for the first time since tasting defeat at the hands of the Yankees in five games in 2000.

They are to face either Toronto or Kansas City in Game 1 next Tuesday night. The Royals are currently leading at 3-2 in the ALCS.

Lucas Duda, whose presence was hardly felt by the Mets in their eight previous postseason games, played the hero’s role after slugging out a five-RBI performance. He became the fifth player in franchise history to produce five RBIs in a postseason game, joining Curtis Granderson (Game 3 versus the Dodgers), Carlos Delgado (2006), Edgardo Alfonzo (1999) and Rusty Staub (1973).

The Mets will be seeking their first World Series pennant since 1986, when they topped the Red Sox in seven games.

The Cubs, on the other hand, hasn’t tasted a championship since 1908.

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