Cubs 9 – Mets 3 April 21, 2010

MLB: Nationals vs Mets APR 11 was one of those games where the Mets ran into a buzz saw, Carlos Silva. He was really on tonight. He went 6 IP and only gave up a solo homer to Rod Barajas. The surprise was that Lou Piniella pulled him after only 87 pitches. He could have gotten at least one more inning out of him and the Cubs had a 3-1 lead at the time.

Oliver Perez went 5 IP giving up 3 runs and throwing 97 pitches. He still looks like he’s having trouble generating velocity consistently on his fastball. You never really expect him to have great control. But he needs velocity to have success. Dan Warthen will need to keep an eye on that in his bullpen sessions.

The Mets did nothing on offense. They only had 6 hits all night. And I thought they might be able to get something going when Silva came out against the Cubs shoddy bullpen. But they only managed to score a run in the eighth on an RBI triple by Luis Castillo.

If you look at the Mets starting lineup, nobody is hitting .300 right now. There’s a serious lack of hitting going on. I thought this was going to be an offense-heavy team this year but it isn’t happening right now.

The Mets need to take the last game of the series tomorrow against the Cubs to win the series, which they haven’t done yet this season.

Box score

Preview: Cubs at Mets April 21, 2010

Chicago Cubs (5-9) at New York Mets (6-8)  7:10 pm

Carlos Silva (1-0 0.69) vs. Oliver Perez (0-1 3.75)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets go for their third straight win over the Cubs tonight at Citi Field. The big question is whether Perez can duplicate the good start he had in St. Louis going 6.1 IP and giving up 1 ER. He hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency in his career. Silva’s been around MLB for 8 years and the last couple have been pretty poor. But his first two starts of this season have been excellent throwing 13 IP and only giving up 1 ER.

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