Showing posts with label Mets at Cubs. Show all posts
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Friday, June 06, 2014

Recap: Game 60 - Mets (4) at Cubs (7) - Mets Get Swept in Chi-Town


New York


W: J. Grimm (2-2) L: V. Black (1-1) S: N. Ramirez (1)
HR: NYM - A. Brown (2)   CHC - T. Wood (2),A. Rizzo (11)


Anthony Rizzo's tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled the Chicago Cubs to their first series sweep of the season, capped by Thursday's 7-4 triumph over the New York Mets.

Rizzo finished 2-for-4 and Junior Lake had a two-run triple in Chicago's third victory against the Mets in as many days. Starting pitcher Travis Wood drove in three runs, two of which came on a homer in the second inning.

Wood walked five and hit a batter in five-plus innings on the mound, but held the Mets to two runs while not factoring in the final outcome. Justin Grimm (2-2) received the win despite allowing a game-tying two-run homer to Andrew Brown in the top of the seventh.

Ruben Tejada and Chris Young added RBI singles for New York. Mets starter Jacob deGrom lasted just five innings, permitting four runs while walking three.

After the Mets roared back from a 4-0 deficit with a two-run sixth inning and Brown's blast in the top of the seventh, Rizzo put Chicago back in front by hammering a fastball from Vic Black (1-1) deep into the seats in right-center in the Cubs' portion of the inning.

Lake's two-out triple into the gap in right center provided some insurance in the eighth, coming after the Mets opted to intentionally walk Emilio Bonifacio with Darwin Barney stationed at second.

Neil Ramirez had no trouble protecting the three-run lead in the ninth, retiring the side in order for his first career save.

Wood had yielded just one hit through the first three innings and helped his cause in the second with his eighth career homer, part of a three-run frame extended by a successful challenge by Renteria.

Luis Valbuena reached on a leadoff double and later took third on a force play before attempting to score on an Eli Whiteside fly ball. He was called out on a strong throw from Brown in left, but replays showed he narrowly evaded Travis d'Arnaud's tag and the call was overturned for the game's first run.

Wood then swatted deGrom's next pitch deep into the bleachers for a 3-0 advantage.

Chicago tacked on another run off deGrom an inning later when Barney doubled, moved to third on a grounder and beat Tejada's throw home on Wood's bouncer to short.

The Mets failed to score despite loading the bases in the top of the fourth, but a walk to Brown in the sixth was followed by singles from Wilmer Flores and Tejada that got New York on the board. Young cut the lead to 4-2 soon afterward with a bloop single off Brian Schlitter that plated Flores.

Grimm came on for Chicago in the seventh and surrendered a one-out single to Eric Campbell that preceded Brown's homer to left center.

Game Notes

The three-game sweep was the Cubs' first at Wrigley Field since July 13-15, 2012 against Arizona, and first over the Mets in Chicago since April 23-25, 2004 ... Brown had been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the game ... Wood's homer was his second this season, also having connected against Arizona on April 21 ... The Mets went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position for the game and 4-for-30 in those situations during the series ... Barney ended 2-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored ... Chicago chose Indiana catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber fourth overall in Thursday's MLB Draft, with the Mets taking Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto with the No. 10 pick.

Box Score:

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 60

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 60:

  1. Chris Young, cf
  2. Curtis Granderson, rf
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Eric Campbell, 1b
  5. Andrew Brown, lf
  6. Wilmer Flores, 2b
  7. Ruben Tejada, ss
  8. Travis d'Arnaud, c
  9. Jacob deGrom, rhp

Preview: Game 60 - Mets at Cubs - deGrom (0-2) vs Wood (5-5)

Preview: Game 60
New York Mets (28-31) at Chicago Cubs (22-34)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (0-2) 2.42 ERA vs Travis Wood (5-5) 5.15 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:05 PM


The Cubs may have the worst record in the National League, but they have not played that way in their first two games in Wrigley against the Mets.

Travis Wood looks to continue his home success as the Cubs go for their first three-game sweep at Wrigley in almost two years Thursday night against the sputtering New York Mets.

Chicago (22-34) has won five of six games at home after dropping 12 of its first 19 there. The success has been spurred by a 1.24 ERA while its pitchers have limited opponents to .201 batting.

The Cubs have held New York (28-31) to two earned runs in the series' first two games.

Chicago is seeking its first three-game sweep at Wrigley since July 13-15, 2012, against Arizona, and hasn't done that against the Mets since April 23-25, 2004.

Wood (5-5, 5.15 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his last four starts on the North Side -- a stark difference from his 8.04 ERA while dropping four of six road outings.

The left-hander was pounded in Milwaukee on Friday, giving up five runs in the first inning before yielding two more and getting pulled with two outs in the third of an 11-5 loss.

Wood may have better luck against the Mets, against whom he's 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in three starts since 2012.

Starlin Castro, meanwhile, is trying to build on his three hits and three RBIs from Wednesday's 5-4 win, atoning for a three-run error in the first inning.

The Mets entered this series one game under .500, and squandered first-inning leads in both games. They've gone 2 for 17 with runners in scoring position, and have left the bases loaded three times -- twice Wednesday.

Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.42) is getting a fifth chance at his first career win, and he could use some help from his teammates.

The rookie right-hander has been backed by eight total runs of support, and the bullpen has surrendered seven in 15 innings while blowing two saves in his four outings.

DeGrom got enough help from the offense and was in position to win Saturday in Philadelphia, but Jeurys Familia blew the save in the ninth before the Mets went on to win 5-4 in 14.

The only runs deGrom allowed came on a seventh inning homer before leaving with one out. He's reached or completed the seventh three times.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sad Recap: Game 59 - Mets (4) at Cubs (5) - Mets Fall to 3 Under .500


New York


W: E. Jackson (4-5) L: D. Eveland (0-1) S: H. Rondon (7)
HR: NYM - R. Tejada (2)   CHC - None


Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with three RBI and the Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets, 5-4, in the second matchup of a three-game set from Wrigley Field.

The Cubs trailed by two entering the home half of the fifth when Castro delivered a two-run single that tied the game.

With one out in the fifth, Emilio Bonifacio singled, Justin Ruggiano walked and Anthony Rizzo singled to load the bases.

Castro's single up the middle tied the game at 4-4, then Rizzo scored later in the inning on a wild pitch from Jeurys Familia to account for the final margin.

Chicago starter Edwin Jackson (4-5) allowed four runs -- one earned -- on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts to earn the win.

The Cubs' bullpen held the Mets to just two hits over the final four innings, with Hector Rondon closing it out for his seventh save of the season.

Dana Eveland (0-1) was charged with the loss in relief of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who surrendered four runs on four hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings.

Box Score:

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Tonight's #Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 59

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 59

  1. Matt den Dekker, cf
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Curtis Granderson, lf
  5. Bobby Abreu, rf
  6. Lucas Duda, 1b
  7. Anthony Recker, c
  8. Ruben Tejada, ss
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp

Preview: Game 59 - Mets at Cubs - Matsuzaka (2-0) vs Jackson (3-5)

Preview: Game 59
New York Mets (28-30) at Chicago Cubs (21-34)

Probable Pitchers:
Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0) 2.45 vs Edwin Jackson (3-5) 4.81 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 8:05 PM


Daisuke Matsuzaka gets a chance to prove he deserves to stay in the rotation on Wednesday night in the middle game of this series with the Chicago Cubs.

Dice-K has worked primarily out of the bullpen, even as closer this season...

New York (28-30) has used four starters who are 25 years of age or younger and is still hoping Matt Harvey can return from Tommy John surgery later this year. Additionally, right-hander Dillon Gee (strained right lat) on the disabled list.

Rafael Montero, one of the Mets' highly touted young pitchers, failed in his attempt to replace Gee, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts before being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

Now, Matsuzaka (2-0, 2.45 ERA) gets his chance.

The right-hander has pitched in relief in 16 of his 17 appearances, limiting opponents to .139 at the plate while striking out 32 in 29 1/3 innings.

Matsuzaka was solid on his only start, allowing two runs and three hits with six strikeouts in six innings of a 4-2 win over Arizona on May 25. He's appeared twice in relief since, yielding one run in 2 1/3 innings.

Matsuzaka's only meeting with the Cubs was a 3-0 loss with Boston on June 15, 2012, allowing three runs in six innings at Wrigley Field.

Avoiding a similar fate may require some help from the offense, which went 1 for 9 with players in scoring position in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Chicago (21-34). The Mets also left the bases loaded in the third while wasting 6 2/3 scoreless innings from Zack Wheeler.

The Cubs may own the worst record in baseball, but they're aiming for a fifth win in six home games.

Nate Schierholtz delivered Tuesday's victory with a walkoff single, his third hit. The right fielder is 6 for 14 over the past four games, increasing his season average 18 points to .224.

He may be in for a stiff test since Matsuzaka has held left-handed hitters to 4 for 43 (.093) with 17 strikeouts.

Edwin Jackson (3-5, 4.81) takes the mound, and he's allowed one run with 20 strikeouts in 14 innings while going 1-0 over his last two home

The right-hander is coming off a strong performance on the road last Wednesday, fanning nine batters while yielding two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 5-0 loss at San Francisco. That was a major improvement after he was tagged for a season-high eight runs in four innings of an 11-1 defeat at San Diego five days earlier.

Jackson has split his last four starts against the Mets with a 3.93 ERA.

Mets Hot vs E. Jackson: Curtis Granderson .308 (4 for 13) HR, David Wright .400 (6 for 15) HR

Mets Cold vs E.Jackson: Daniel Murphy .200 (3 for 15) HR, Lucas Duda .182 (2 for 11), Bobby Abreu .182 (6 for 33) 6 BB, Ruben Tejada .000 ( 0 for 10).

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sad Recap: Game 58 - Mets (1) at Cubs (2) - Mets Blow it in Chicago


New York


W: H. Rondon (1-1) L: S. Rice (1-2)
HR: NYM - None   CHC - C. Coghlan (1)


Nate Schierholtz was one of the few dependable hitters in Cubs lineup a season ago. Now, he is starting to show signs he can shake out of an early season rut.

Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan hit a home run to tie it in the eighth, and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 2-1 on Tuesday night.

It was the first game-ending hit for the Cubs this season.

Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Mets and drove in their run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Mets failed to win a season-high four consecutive games.

Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.

Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Mets reliever Scott Rice (1-2). After New York third baseman David Wright was unable to turn a hard-hit grounder into a double play, Schierholtz pulled a liner into the right-field corner against the left-handed Rice to win it.

Schierholtz hit .251 with home 21 home runs last season for the Cubs.

The Mets squandered an opportunity in the third when they had bases loaded and failed to score.
"We gave this away," Wright said. "Obviously, not being able to get that lead runner in the ninth and then we had numerous chances to put that team away. We couldn't do it. Any time you put that many runners in scoring position and you only come away with one, that kind of gets the momentum back on their side and they were able to take advantage of it late."
Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and was in line for the victory until Josh Edgin gave up a leadoff home run to Coghlan to tie the game and snap a 15-inning scoreless streak for Chicago. It was the lefty-swinging hitting Coghlan's first home run against a lefty pitcher since 2010.

After only giving up one run in 6 1/3 innings to the Phillies on Thursday, Wheeler gave the Mets another strong outing. He had little trouble going against an overmatched Chicago offense. He allowed two hits, while striking out seven and only allowing two walks. The 24-year old right-hander did not allow a runner past first base.

The struggles continued for Rizzo, who was ejected after striking out in his first at-bat on Sunday. He struck out three times against Wheeler and dropped a routine pop up in the eighth.

Matt den Dekker led off the game with a single. He stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch then scored on Granderson's sacrifice fly.

The Mets had the bases loaded in the third with no outs, but failed to score. Chris Young hit a sharp grounder to Rizzo. Rizzo threw home to get the force. Lucas Duda popped out to Starlin Castro at shortstop and Wilmer Flores lined out to starter Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta allowed one run on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three.

Arrieta's night ended early with a high pitch count. Cubs manager Rick Renteria was forced to pull the 28-year old right-hander after he walked Duda with two outs in the fifth on his 105th pitch.


Mets RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to make his second start of the season on Wednesday. Left-handed batters are hitting just .093 (4-for-43) against Matsuzaka. ... Cubs top minor prospect Javier Baez is hitting .219 with seven home runs and 25 RBI for Triple-A Iowa. He is in a 1 for 12 slump. ... Cubs 3B prospect Kris Bryant is batting .351 with 18 home runs and 49 RBI for Double-A Tennessee. ...Cubs placed C Welington Castillo on the 15-day disabled list because of a rib injury and designated relief pitcher Jose Veras for assignment.

Box Score:

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 58

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 58:

1. Matt den Dekker (L) CF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Chris Young (R) LF
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
8. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
9. Zack Wheeler (L) P

Preview: Game 58 - Mets at Cubs - Wheeler (2-5) vs Arrieta (1-1)

Preview: Game 58
New York Mets (28-29) at Chicago Cubs (20-34)

Mets (15-12) Away / Cubs (10-13) Home

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Wheeler (2-5) 4.31 ERA vs Jake Arrieta (1-1) 3.20 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:05 PM


The Owners of the worst record in the majors and coming off another blowout loss, the Chicago Cubs are starting to show their frustration.

Things likely won't get any easier Tuesday night when they welcome the surging New York Mets to Wrigley Field.

Chicago (20-34) concluded a 4-6 trip by recording three hits during a 9-0 defeat to Milwaukee on Sunday. It was the third time in five games the Cubs were shut out and fifth of the trip they lost by at least four runs.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected Sunday for arguing a called third strike, a sign that the potential for another dismal season is already wearing on the Cubs.

The Cubs hope to do the same as they return to Wrigley, where they took three of five from the Brewers and New York Yankees from May 16-21 for their first winning record on a homestand.

Rizzo is 0 for 9 with five strikeouts and six walks in the last three home games, and batting .179 (5 for 28) in his last eight at Wrigley. He's batted .300 (6 for 20) with a home run and three doubles in five home games versus New York (28-29).

Chicago's Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20 ERA) yielded two runs and eight hits over 10 innings while going 1-0 in two starts before giving up four and seven hits in six innings of a 4-0 loss at San Francisco last Tuesday.

In the right-hander's lone appearance versus New York, he gave up a grand slam to ex-Met Ike Davis in seven innings of a 5-0 loss while with Baltimore in 2012.

New York took four of five in Philadelphia with Monday's 11-2 victory, its third win in a row and sixth in seven games. Shortstop Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam and drove in six runs.

With two hits and two RBIs, David Wright is batting .329 with eight RBIs over his last 16 road games. He's 0 for 3 with a strikeout versus Arrieta. Curtis Granderson who has seen Arrieta in the past (Baltimore), is batting .350 (7 for 20) with 3 HR's off him.

New York's Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) allowed a home run and three other hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday for his first win in eight starts since beating Arizona on April 14. He's allowed three earned runs in 13 innings of his last two starts after giving up 10 over 10 1/3 innings of the previous two.

Wheeler is making his first appearance against the Cubs.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

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.

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