Showing posts with label Mets at Cubs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets at Cubs. Show all posts

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Recap: Spring Training Game 17 - Mets (SS) (9) at Cubs (4) - Mets hit 7 doubles in win


New York


W: C. Mazzoni (1-1) L: Z. Rosscup (1-1)
HR: NYM - W. Flores (1)   CHC - A. Rizzo (1),A. Rizzo (2)


Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer as the New York Mets downed the Chicago Cubs, 9-4, in spring training action.

Andrew Brown had two hits, drove in three and scored once, and David Wright drove in a pair of runs for the Mets. Bartolo Colon gave up four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.  Eric Young Jr. leadoff,  had 2 hits, one was a RBI double... Mets combined for 11 hits in Las Vegas, 7 of them were doubles..

Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs and drove in three, and Ryan Sweeney also drove in a run for the Cubs. Tsuyoshi Wada was touched for four runs on five hits over two-plus innings in the start.

Box Score:

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Recap: Game 41 - Mets (4) at Cubs (3) - Murphy HR saves Mets from misery

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Chi. Cubs (18-25)000021000380

W: S. Rice (2-3) L: K. Fujikawa (1-1) S: B. Parnell (6)
HR: NYM - J. Lagares (1),D. Murphy (4)   CHC - T. Wood (1),R. Sweeney (1)


Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the eighth inning as the New York Mets edged the Chicago Cubs, 4-3, Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.

Chicago led 3-1 heading into the seventh before Juan Lagares tied the game with his first career major league homer, a two-run shot off Cubs starter Travis Wood. Murphy hit the eventual game-winner off Kyuji Fujikawa (1-1) to open up the eighth.

"It was really nice to put a good swing on that ball," Murphy said.

Scott Rice (2-3) earned the win following two shutout innings of relief, while Bobby Parnell picked up his sixth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

The Mets have won three of four.

Wood lasted seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He also provided a two-run homer while Ryan Sweeney hit a solo shot for the Cubs, who were looking for their first winning homestand since July 13-19 of last season.

Wood, who was attempting to win his third consecutive start, remained on the hill for the seventh and quickly forced two quick flyouts.

Ruben Tejada, though, kept the inning alive with a single up the middle, before Lagares launched Wood's 2-2 breaking ball into the right-field bleachers, bringing the Mets back from the dead to forge a 3-3 tie.

"That was unfortunate, giving up another home run," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "We pitched great, we just couldn't keep the ball in the ballpark."

New York starter Dillon Gee continued to struggle. He allowed three runs on eight hits while serving up both Chicago homers over just five frames.

Wood helped his own cause and opened up the scoring with a two-run blast to left in the bottom of the fifth. Welington Castillo opened up Chicago's half of the frame with a double and following Darwin Barney's strike out, Wood took Gee's 0-1 offering deep over the left-field bleachers for a 2-0 Cubs' lead.

"Wood hitting the home run kind of surprised me because I'd been throwing so many sliders to him," Gee said. "I thought there was no way he was hitting it."

David Wright's two-out bloop single in the sixth scored Murphy, briefly cutting New York's deficit to 2-1.

Sweeney got to Gee in the home half of the inning with a leadoff blast to right that increased Chicago's lead to 3-1.

Game Notes

Wood has allowed three or fewer runs and gone at least six innings in all nine of his outings this season. He also became the first Cubs pitcher to begin a season with at least nine straight quality starts since Mordecai Brown, who had 11 straight (all complete games) to begin the 1908 season ... The Mets had scored three or fewer runs in 10 of their last 12 games coming in.

Box Score:

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 41

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 41

  1. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  2. Justin Turner, 1b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Marlon Byrd, rf
  5. Lucas Duda, lf
  6. Anthony Recker, c
  7. Ruben Tejada, ss
  8. Juan Lagares, cf
  9. Dillon Gee, rhp


Daniel Murphy becomes the seventh player to be used in the leadoff spot by the Mets this season, joining Ruben Tejada (12 times), Jordany Valdespin (10), Mike Baxter (eight), Collin Cowgill (seven), Justin Turner (two) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (one). Mets leadoff men have hit an MLB-worst .185. Their .255 collective on-base percentage ranks only better than the Minnesota Twins (.250).

Murphy is 14-for-his-last-25. He also batted leadoff four times in 2009.

Preview: Game 41 - Mets at Cubs - Gee vs Wood

New York Mets (16-24) at Chicago Cubs (18-24) 2:20 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Gee (R) 8 2-5 6.135.21-311.345/14@STLL4.0951-114.06.43
T. Wood (L) 8 4-2 2.035.22-22.065/13COLW7.0202-121.11.69


A good outing from Travis Wood Sunday can help the Chicago Cubs cement something they've failed to do since last July - win three consecutive series.

Wood, who has allowed a total of one run in winning his last two starts, will be on the mound this afternoon in the finale of a three-game set against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field. The left-hander limited Colorado to a pair of hits over seven innings in a 9-1 win on Monday and six days prior tossed 6 2/3 frames in a triumph over the Cardinals.

This will be Wood's fourth straight home start. He went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Mets last season.

Keeping the ball in the park has helped Wood immensely this season. In 2012, he was just 6-13 with a 4.27 ERA and gave up a career-high 25 home runs. He's surrendered only eight long balls in eight appearances, covering 53 1/3 innings, thus far this season. Wood has also limited left-handed hitters to a .211 average and righties to a .166 mark.

The mission for the Mets is also clear Sunday, as a victory would give them a series win at Wrigley Field for the first time since taking two of three, Aug. 3-5, 2007.

Dillon Gee, who was pelted for nine hits and six runs -- five earned -- over four innings in a 10-4 loss at St. Louis Tuesday, counters on the hill for the Mets. The right-hander has given up at least four runs in three of his last four starts.

Gee has had some success against the Cubs, as evidenced by his 2-1 mark and 4.26 ERA in three starts against them. He pitched eight frames and gave up seven hits and one run in a 3-1 win on July 7, 2012 at Citi Field versus the Cubs.

Recap: Game 40 - Mets (2) at Cubs (8) - Hefner falls to 0-5

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Chi. Cubs (18-24)«00041003x8111

W: S. Feldman (4-3) L: J. Hefner (0-5)
HR: NYM - R. Ankiel (7)   CHC - A. Rizzo (10),N. Schierholtz (5)


Scott Feldman pitched into the seventh inning and contributed two RBI as Chicago took an 8-2 win over the New York Mets in the second of three from Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Feldman (4-3) scattered seven hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision and added a two-run double in the fourth inning to help the Cubs win for a fifth time in seven games.

"He's not letting left-handers beat him and his cutter has been incredible," said Chicago manager Dale Sveum about Feldman. "He's able to bounce his curveball when he has to and throw it for a strike. Everything is working for him."

Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rizzo each gave a solo home run in the win for Chicago.

Jeremy Hefner (0-5) gave up four runs on five hits in just four innings of work for the Mets, who had won their previous two after dropping six straight.

"I want to win and I want the team to win," said Hefner. "Obviously we didn't do that today and I need to make some adjustments out there to get back on track."

The Cubs had stranded runners on first and third with one out in the second, but finally broke through in the fourth.

Rizzo singled to right to leadoff and Alfonso Soriano was hit by a pitch. After Schierholtz singled to load the bases, Luis Valbuena brought home the first run with a sacrifice fly and Welington Castillo followed with an RBI single. Two batters later, Feldman doubled to right for a 4-0 lead.

Rizzo homered off of Robert Carson to start the fifth and Schierholtz gave a leadoff blast in the eighth. Later in the eighth, David DeJesus dropped a bloop single into right to chase in two more runners for an 8-0 lead.

The Mets had men on second and third in both the first and second innings, but Feldman was able to get out of the jams without any damage.

With one on and two out in the seventh, Feldman stepped off the mound for James Russell, who got Mike Baxter to hit into a fielder's choice to end the frame.

Russell then tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning, but Hector Rondon allowed a two-run home run to Rick Ankiel in the ninth to spoil Chicago's attempt at its first shutout of the season.

Game Notes

Ankiel and Daniel Murphy each had two hits for the Mets ... Dillon Gee takes the mound for New York in the finale on Sunday and will be opposed by Travis Wood for Chicago ... The Mets were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven, while Chicago was 4-for-9 with RISP.

Box Score:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Today's Starting Lineups - Game 40 - Mets at Cubs

Here are Today's Starting Lineups - Game 40 - Mets at Cubs

  1. Mike Baxter, rf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Lucas Duda, lf
  6. John Buck, c
  7. Rick Ankiel, cf
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Jeremy Hefner, rhp

  1. David DeJesus, cf
  2. Starlin Castro, ss
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
  4. Alfonso Soriano, lf
  5. Nate Schierholtz, rf
  6. Luis Valbuena, 3b
  7. Welington Castillo, c
  8. Darwin Barney, 2b
  9. Scott Feldman, rhp

Preview: Game 40 - Mets at Cubs - Hefner vs Feldman

New York Mets (16-23) at Chicago Cubs (17-24) 1:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Hefner (R) 7 0-4 4.615.10-26.005/13@STLND6.0530-220.04.05
S. Feldman (R) 7 3-3 2.535.22-11.775/12@WSHND6.0512-022.01.23


The New York Mets have won back-to-back contests for the first time since the beginning of this month. Now the Mets hope to give right- hander Jeremy Hefner his first victory of the season when they resume a three- game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Hefner, who will make his ninth appearance (eighth start) of the year, didn't get a decision in the Mets' 6-3 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Monday. In that game, Hefner allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

In his only career appearance against the Cubs, Hefner pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings of relief on June 26, 2012 at Wrigley Field.

While Hefner has been struggling, Scott Feldman has been thriving for the Cubs. The righty gets the start this afternoon and will try to extend a streak that has seen him go 3-0 over his last four outings. Feldman, coming off a no- decision at Washington on Sunday, has compiled wins over the Rangers, Padres and Marlins during his victory streak. His last defeat came April 21 at Milwaukee.

Over his last two starts, Feldman has given up just seven hits and one run, covering 13 innings. His lone appearance against the Mets came June 13, 2008 with Texas. Feldman allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits in five- plus innings in a 7-1 defeat.

Happy Recap: Game 39 - Mets (3) at Cubs (2) - All Harvey for the Win!

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Chi. Cubs (17-24)200000000262

W: M. Harvey (5-0) L: E. Jackson (1-6) S: B. Parnell (5)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (6),D. Murphy (3)   CHC - None


Matt Harvey drove the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and pitched 7 1/3 solid frames as the New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game series.

With one on and two out in the top of the seventh, Harvey singled to left and brought Rick Ankiel home to break a 2-2 tie.

"It was awesome," said Harvey. "I think we've been fighting to be able to do that for awhile. So, that was huge. Huge for me. Obviously, I was able to drive that run and we've got two in a row. We got to keep things going and go after them tomorrow."

Harvey (5-0) had six strikeouts and allowed two runs on five hits in his outing. Bobby Parnell pitched a flawless ninth to notch his fifth save.

David Wright and Daniel Murphy each hit solo home runs for the Mets, who snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 win in St. Louis on Thursday.

Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (1-6) gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Alfonso Soriano had an RBI and Anthony Rizzo scored on a throwing error by Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.

"I think it's just been a mechanical thing," said Jackson. "I've been feeling pretty good mechanically ... but regardless how I feel, regardless how I looked, regardless how I pitched, the objective is to come out and win a game. And we battled today, but we came up short."

Wright's home run with two outs in the first gave the Mets an early lead.

The Cubs responded by scoring two runs in the home half. With one out, Castro singled and Rizzo ripped a double to left to put runners in scoring position. Soriano then hit an infield single that plated Castro, and Rizzo was able to score when Tejada's throw to first hit the dirt and got away from Ike Davis.

Murphy's leadoff homer in the fourth tied the game.

After Harvey's RBI single, the Cubs had an opportunity to tie the game in the eighth. Darwin Barney singled to start the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Julio Borbon. Scott Rice then came in to relieve Harvey, but gave up a single to David DeJesus. However, Barney was out at the plate thanks to a great throw by right fielder Marlon Byrd, who came in as a replacement for Jordany Valdespin.

Parnell pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.

Game Notes

Wright was 3-for-4 with a stolen base ... Davis snapped a 0-for-24 streak with a single in the sixth inning ... Rizzo has not struck out in his last 35 at- bats. His last strikeout came in the sixth inning against St. Louis on May 7.

Box Score:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Today's Starting Lineups - Game 39 - Mets at Cubs

Today's Starting Lineups - Game 39 - Mets at Cubs

  1. Jordany Valdespin, rf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Lucas Duda, lf
  6. John Buck, c
  7. Rick Ankiel, cf
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Matt Harvey, rhp

  1. David DeJesus, cf
  2. Starlin Castro, ss
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
  4. Alfonso Soriano, lf
  5. Nate Schierholtz, rf
  6. Luis Valbuena, 3b
  7. Welington Castillo, c
  8. Darwin Barney, 2b
  9. Edwin Jackson, rhp

Mets Series Matchup Report: Mets Hitters vs Cubs Starters (Games 39-41)

Mets Series Matchup Report

METS (15-23, fourth place/NL East) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (17-23, fourth place/NL Central)

Friday 5/17: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.44) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (1-5, 6.02), 2:20 p.m. ET

Saturday 5/18: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-4, 4.61) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (3-3, 2.53), 1:05 p.m. ET

Sunday 5/19: RHP Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.13) vs. LHP Travis Wood (4-2, 2.03), 2:20 p.m. ET

New York Mets Career statistics vs. Edwin Jackson (1-1 - 4.40 ERA - 27 K's)
Mike Baxter3 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
John Buck13 3 0 0 1 1 0 3 .231 .231 .462 .692
Marlon Byrd21 6 4 0 1 5 1 2 .286 .318 .619 .937
Ike Davis6 2 1 0 1 2 2 2 .333 .500 1.000 1.500
Lucas Duda6 1 1 0 0 2 2 1 .167 .375 .333 .708
Daniel Murphy9 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .111 .111 .111 .222
Kirk Nieuwenhuis5 2 0 0 1 3 0 2 .400 .400 1.000 1.400
Ruben Tejada7 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .222 .000 .222
Jordany Valdespin4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
David Wright10 2 0 0 0 2 2 3 .200 .333 .200 .533

New York Mets Career statistics vs. Scott Feldman (0-1 - 10.80 ERA - 1 K's)
John Buck13 3 2 0 1 2 0 2 .231 .231 .615 .846
Collin Cowgill2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
David Wright2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

New York Mets Career statistics vs. Travis Wood (2-0 - 2.55 ERA - 14 K's)
John Buck4 1 0 0 1 3 0 3 .250 .250 1.000 1.250
Marlon Byrd9 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .222 .222 .333 .556
Ike Davis5 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .200 .333 .200 .533
Lucas Duda6 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .167 .167 .667 .833
Kirk Nieuwenhuis2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
Ruben Tejada8 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .111 .000 .111
Justin Turner4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .750 .750 1.000 1.750
Jordany Valdespin0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 1.000 .000 1.000
David Wright9 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .556 .889

Preview: Game 39 - Mets at Cubs - Harvey vs Jackson

New York Mets (15-23) at Chicago Cubs (17-23) 2:20 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
M. Harvey (R) 8 4-0 1.446.12-01.335/12PITND7.0520-021.11.27
E. Jackson (R) 8 1-5 6.025.20-39.005/11@WSHW5.1421-215.08.40


Right-handed phenom Matt Harvey faces the Chicago Cubs for the first time in his brief career on Friday when the New York Mets visit Wrigley Field to open a three-game weekend series.

A 24-year-old native of Connecticut, Harvey was 3-5 in 10 starts with the Mets at the end of last season before beginning 2013 in the starting rotation.

He won his first four starts against San Diego, Philadelphia, Minnesota and Washington while allowing only three runs and posting a stingy 0.93 earned run average.

He's winless in four starts since - getting no-decisions in each as the Mets have gone 2-2 - though the ERA is still at a sterling 1.44 through 56 1/3 innings of work.

Harvey, who is 2-0 on the road this season and 5-3 away from home in nine career starts, allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in his most recent work, a game the Mets lost, 3-2, against Pittsburgh on May 12.

The Cubs reply with veteran righty Edwin Jackson, who finally got his first win with the team in his last start.

The 29-year-old, who won 10 games with Washington last season, was 0-5 in his initial seven outings with Chicago while posting a bloated 6.39 ERA in 38 innings.

He gave up four hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-2 defeat of the Nationals for win No. 1 on May 11 - the 71st victory of his career in his 212th start.

Jackson is 1-1 in four career meetings with the Mets and 0-3 at Wrigley this season.

On Thursday in St. Louis, Daniel Murphy had a pair of doubles among his four hits to go with two runs scored and an RBI in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Cardinals to avoid a sweep in the finale of a four-game set.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 76 - Mets at Cubs - Mets Blow Out Cubs 17-1, Mets hit 4 HR's

Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)

N.Y. Mets (40-36) «10036601017160
Chi. Cubs (26-49)010000000190

W: J. Niese (6-3) L: J. Samardzija (5-7)

HR: NYM - D. Murphy (1),I. Davis (10),D. Murphy (2),S. Hairston (10)   CHC - None

Murphy Hits 2 HR's
The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field and the Mets took full advantage, clubbing the Cubs 17-1 and avoiding a three-game sweep.

Daniel Murphy hit his first two home runs since July 16, 2011 and Scott Hairston crushed his second career grand slam for the Mets, who snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.

"I thought in the last four games he's taken much better swings," Mets manager Terry Collins said regarding Murphy. "His balance has been better at the plate. You haven't seen that one-handed swing that he's been caught doing. You know he's going to break out. Murphy's way too good of a hitter."

Ike Davis picked up three extra-base hits and knocked in four runs and David Wright drove in five more.

Jonathan Niese (6-3) held the Cubs to one run on eight hits and a walk in seven innings. The left-hander also struck out six.

"I knew that he was going to pitch well," Collins said. "In the second inning, he was furious that he gave up the run. I thought the way he approached the game today was great."

After a stellar May in which he posted a 2.48 earned run average, Jeff Samardzija (5-7) has struggled mightily in June. Samardzija gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and walked four. In his last four starts, the Notre Dame product has given up 25 runs in 18 1/3 innings.

"I'd be lying if I said I weren't concerned with the numbers and execution of pitches," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It hasn't been too good for four or five starts now."

The Mets also touched up Casey Coleman for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief.

"We weren't able to get a couple up in the wind and they were," Cubs outfielder Joe Mather said. "They took advantage of pitches that were over the plate and they didn't swing at the balls that weren't in the zone."

After the Cubs tied the game at one in the second inning, the Mets poured on three runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Davis doubled down the right-field line to score Lucas Duda and give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Two batters later, Murphy ended his long home run drought with a fly ball to right.

Davis and Murphy took center stage in the Mets' six-run fifth inning. Wright smoked a two-run double and Davis lofted a three-run bomb to left-center field to make it 9-1. Murphy added a 10th run with his second homer of the day.

Wright's seeing-eye single up the middle drove in a pair in the sixth. After Duda walked to load the bases, Hairston delivered a grand slam to give the Mets a 16-1 lead.

Murphy knocked in his fourth run of the day on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning.

Ramon Ramirez pitched two scoreless frames in relief to close out the win.

Game Notes

The Cubs are 4-17 against left-handed starters this season...Coming into the game, Samardjiza was 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA at home...The Mets are 19-10 in day games this season...Niese is 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA during the day this year. In his last seven starts, Niese is 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA and five quality starts. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts this year...Andres Torres who swiped his seventh base in the first inning, has a stolen a base in his last four games (five total).

Box Score:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 76

Murphy batting 7th
Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 76:

  1. Andres Torres-CF
  2. Ruben Tejada-SS
  3. David Wright-3B
  4. Lucas Duda-RF
  5. Ike Davis-1B
  6. Scott Hairston-LF
  7. Daniel Murphy-2B
  8. Josh Thole-C
  9. Jon Niese-LHP
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