They managed just four hits off the righty while walking twice and striking out nine times. There were also a couple line-drive outs, as Harvey used his offspeed pitches early in the game.
“It was a little surprising,” Kyle Schwarber said postgame. “I know he has a really good fastball, and he just kind of whipped out the offspeed right away. It threw me off a little at first. You have to stay with your approach and trust yourself.”
Schwarber eventually did get to Harvey, and he hit a rocket line drive to short before hammering a long home run in the eighth inning to finally knock the Mets starter out of the game.
“We did hit some line drives,” Starlin Castro said.
While Harvey got plenty of praise after the game, it was interesting to note the Cubs did “get” to him more than most teams do. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Cubs' four hard hit balls resulted in a 15.4 percent hard-hit percentage, which was the sixth-best by a team against Harvey this season. He is simply hard to square up. Schwarber hit two hard balls, while Castro had the other two. That’s it. So maybe the Cubs "got" to him better than all but five other teams, but it still wasn't much.
“If Harvey wasn't pitching, it would have looked a lot better,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He was outstanding tonight. Give him credit because he had about as good of command as you possibly can of all his pitches. His stuff is always good, but the command was outrageous tonight.”
Staying warm: Several Cubs donned winter face masks as temperatures dropped to the mid-40s. Castro, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez combined to go 3-for-11 on the night while wearing them, which isn’t bad considering the Cubs only had five hits. The Cubs insisted the cold weather wasn’t bothering them.
“It was more windy than cold,” Baez said.
Anthony Rizzo said as much in claiming the wind calmed down as the game went along. It’s expected to be even colder for Game 2 on Sunday.
Rizzo OK: Rizzo said he isn't feeling any lingering effects of taking a ball off his hand on a throw while trying to double him off first base. He said it felt numb for a few minutes, but no postgame X-rays were taken on the hand.
Hitting milestone: Schwarber hit his fourth home run of the postseason, which tied Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez, who both hit four in 2003, for a franchise playoff record.
Best-of-seven: Teams down 1-0 in a best-of-seven series are 58-95 (37.9 percent) in winning the series.