The Cubs took the series with a win today in Chicago as the Mets head home to face the Phillies this weekend. The story of this game is that R.A. Dickey was injured in the third inning running over to cover first base. He collapsed and was helped off the field with an apparent leg injury.
Pedro Beato and Pat Misch followed Dickey and both got smoked by the Cubs for a combined 7 runs in 2.1 innings and the game was over.
On offense, Daniel Murphy finally heated up on a chilly day going 3 for 4 and raising his season average to .261.
New York Mets (23-25) at Chicago Cubs (21-26) 2:20pm
R.A. Dickey (2-5 4.71) vs. Carlos Zambrano (4-2 4.88)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Cubs play the rubber game of the series before the Mets head home to face the Phillies. Dickey’s last start at Yankee Stadium was very good and got him his first win since his season debut. But he hasn’t been consistent this year at all. So there’s no telling what to expect today in Chicago.
The Cubs are 7-3 this season in games that Zambrano started. He hasn’t been very consistent either this season. He is sporting his lowest WHIP in three years though in an attempt to be come back from a couple of miserable years.
The game was called because of rain with two outs in the top of the seventh. It was foggy and windy to start and then the rain was really coming down hard in the later innings. The game didn’t start well for the Mets or Dillon Gee. He was hit hard for 4 runs in the bottom of the first inning and I was wondering if he was going to make it to the second inning. He settled down surprisingly well and managed to get through all 6 innings without allowing another run. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a pitcher look that bad to start and then settle down so well.
The Mets got lucky after Gee’s bad start to face some awful Cubs pitching. In 6.2 innings they had 12 hits and 5 walks. Carlos Beltran had a double and even a triple, if you can believe that! The Cubs pitching looked completely amateurish tonight.
The Mets and Cubs will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow before the Mets head home to play the Phillies.
New York Mets (22-25) at Chicago Cubs (21-25) 8:05pm
Dillon Gee (3-0 3.44) vs. Casey Coleman (2-3 6.03)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets will try to shake off last night’s beating at the hands of the Cubs. Gee has been very good in four of his five starts this season. His last start against the Nationals was the best so far. He went 7.2 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits.
Coleman has been really up and down this season in his seven starts. In his last start in Florida he threw 5.2 shutout innings allowing 4 hits and 5 walks. But he’s been hit very hard in other starts so you never know what you’ll see from the 23 year old right hander.
The Mets were destroyed in ugly fashion by the Cubs tonight after dealing with owner Fred Wilpon’s nasty comments about several players. The team had a meeting in the locker room before the game to clear the air but it certainly didn’t work judging by the outcome of this game.
The Mets had three errors in the game and allowed 5 unearned runs. The lack of concentration in the field was almost comical. There were several misplays that weren’t called errors either. It was just ugly all the way around.
Jon Niese wasn’t sharp and didn’t get any help from the defense. He threw 86 pitches through 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 7 hits and 1 walk.
The Mets did have 9 hits and 1 walk in the game but left 8 runners on base. Jose Reyes, Ronny Paulino, and Ruben Tejada had 2 hits apiece but there wasn’t much else happening offensively.
New York Mets (66-70) at Chicago Cubs (59-77) 2:20 pm
Jon Niese (8-7 3.70) vs Ryan Dempster (12-9 3.71)
TV: WPIX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: For the second straight series the Mets are trying to avoid a sweep by winning the final game. Niese has been awful in his last two starts allowing 15 runs (10 earned) over 10.1 innings. Fortunately, Dempster was equally bad in his last start against the Pirates giving up 7 runs over 3 innings.
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The Mets offense was incredibly weak again with only 6 hits and 3 walks especially on a day when the wind was blowing out at Wrigley. The only notable games were from Carlos Beltran (3 for 4, SB) and Ike Davis (2 for 4, HR). Other than that it was a continuation of one of the saddest offenses in baseball.
The Mets drop the second game and lose the series in Chicago. Tomorrow they’ll be trying to avoid the sweep again. What else would you expect?