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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Preview: Game 76 - Mets at Cubs - Mets trying to prevent sweep in Wrigley

New York Mets (39-36) at Chicago Cubs (26-48) 2:20 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Niese (L) 14 5-3 3.755.22-23.766/22NYYW6.1821-120.12.66
J. Samardzija (R) 14 5-6 4.345.13-22.366/22@ARIL5.0750-314.010.29

It didn't take long for Anthony Rizzo's bat to have an impact for the Cubs.

The highly-regarded prospect will next try to led Chicago to its first sweep of the New York Mets in over eight years this afternoon in the finale of a three-game series.

The 22-year-old Rizzo was a sixth-round pick by Boston in 2007 and was dealt to the Padres in December of 2010 in a deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Rizzo hit just .141 with a homer, nine RBI and 46 strikeouts in 49 games with San Diego in 2011 before being traded to the Cubs in January.

Rizzo, regarded as the club's top prospect, was terrorizing the minors this year, batting .342 with a Pacific Coast League-leading 23 homers in 70 games with Iowa. He was recalled from the minors prior to last night's game, starting at first base while hitting third.

Rizzo went 2-for-4 and his RBI double in the fourth inning proved to be the difference in a 5-3 win, the Cubs' second straight following a four-game slide.

"It was awesome to have that," said Rizzo. "Being able to come into the clubhouse and contribute right away, it's a great feeling."

Chicago next tries to win three straight for the first time since May 28-30 and in doing so would record its first three-game sweep of New York since April 23-25, 2004 at Wrigley Field.

Recap: Game 75 - Mets at Cubs - Cubs beat Mets 5-3

Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)

N.Y. Mets (39-36)020100000381
Chi. Cubs (26-48) «00310001x5122

W: S. Maine (1-1) L: D. Gee (5-6)
S: C. Marmol (5)

HR: NYM - None   CHC - None

Anthony Rizzo's RBI double in the fourth proved to be the difference as the Chicago Cubs took a 5-3 win over the New York Mets in the second of three games from Wrigley Field.

Alfonso Soriano, Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney all drove in a run for the Cubs, who have taken the first two of this set after dropping four straight.

Randy Wells lasted just three-plus innings and was charged with three runs on six hits with four walks. Scott Maine (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the first win of his career.

David Wright and Josh Thole both drove in a run for the Mets, who matched a season high with their fourth straight loss. Dillon Gee (5-6) gave up four runs on nine hits over five innings and also drove in a run in the loss.

"I was out there battling and trying to make some pitches, but I left some of them up there and they got a hold of them," said Gee. "They were just able to put the ball in the right spots."

The Mets grabbed the first lead of the game with a pair of runs in the second inning. With two outs, Scott Hairston singled and Daniel Murphy followed suit. Thole and Gee then scored a run each with a single for a 2-0 lead.

The Cubs, though, went up in the third. David DeJesus led off with a single and Starlin Castro walked. A groundout moved the runners up a base and DeJesus scored when Alfonso Soriano grounded out. After Bryan LaHair drew a walk, Valbuena doubled to scored Castro and Barney followed with an RBI single for a 3-2 lead.

New York tied the game in the fourth thanks to Wright's sac fly that plated Thole, but Chicago went back on top in the home portion.

Steve Clevenger singled to start the frame, but the next two batters recorded outs. After Castro singled, Rizzo punched a double to center for a 4-3 lead.

"It was awesome to have that," said Rizzo, who made his Major League debut in the game. "Being able to come into the clubhouse and contribute right away, it's a great feeling."

Chicago added an insurance run in the eighth when, with men on first and second, Reed Johnson hit a grounder to short for a single that saw Ruben Tejada throw the ball away, allowing Barney to cross the plate for a 5-3 lead.

Carlos Marmol worked around a leadoff walk to Wright in the ninth to grab his fifth save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base. The left at least one man on base in each inning after the first...Chicago stranded nine, but did have four hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position...Mets first baseman Ike Davis was ejected from the game by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez in the eighth inning for arguing a call. Davis made contact with Gonzalez on the arm with his glove.

Box Score:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Preview: Game 75 - Mets at Cubs - Gee Look to find groove against Cubs

New York Mets (39-35) at Chicago Cubs (25-48) 8:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Gee (R) 14 5-5 4.276.03-13.786/20BALW7.1321-220.13.54
R. Wells (R) 3 1-2 4.915.21-03.726/20@CHWL3.2530-15.26.35

The New York Mets may be in the thick of the NL East race, but being among the worst fielding teams in the league could end up costing them.

It's certainly making a difference lately.

The Mets will try to rebound from one of their worst fielding displays of the season Tuesday night when they continue a three-game road set against the Chicago Cubs, who are expected to have top prospect Anthony Rizzo in the lineup for the first time.

New York, which hasn't dropped four straight since April 30-May 4, ranks among the major league leaders with 58 errors, five coming in the last two games.

That sloppiness was a problem again in Monday night's series opener, as the Mets' three errors contributed to Chicago's four-run seventh in a 6-1 defeat. David Wright and Lucas Duda misplayed popups that became three-base errors as the wind at Wrigley posed problems.

"Weird would be one would be one way to describe it," manager Terry Collins said. "I have another description for it that I can't say here ... It's that kind of night. We don't make those mistakes. Unfortunately it came back to haunt us."

Chicago's six runs Monday were one less than it totaled during a four-game slide and the Cubs (25-48) are hoping to get a boost from Rizzo, who is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Iowa, where he hit .342 with 23 homers and 62 RBIs.

The 22-year-old Rizzo, acquired in an offseason trade with San Diego, hit .141 with one homer and nine RBIs in 49 games with the Padres last year.

Rizzo is expected to bat either third or fourth and take over as the everyday first baseman, replacing Bryan LaHair.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Recap: Game 74 - Mets at Cubs - Mets get embarrassed in Chicago, 6-1

Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)

N.Y. Mets (39-35)000000001163
Chi. Cubs (25-48) «00020040x671

W: T. Wood (2-3) L: J. Santana (5-4)
HR: NYM - I. Davis (9)   CHC - J. Mather (4)

Travis Wood pitched seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs downed the New York Mets, 6-1, to open a three-game series.

Wood (2-3) gave up five hits and a walk with six strikeouts to win his second straight start for the Cubs, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Joe Mather hit a two-run home run in the win.

Johan Santana (5-4) gave up two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts over six innings for the Mets, who have lost three straight.

The game stayed scoreless until the fourth inning when the Cubs went on top. With two outs, Geovany Soto kept the inning alive with a walk and Mather followed with his fourth home run of the season.

The seventh inning saw the Cubs take advantage of three New York errors. Adrian Cardenas started the inning with a pop up in front of the catcher. David Wright came in to make the play, but fumbled the catch and Cardenas made it to third. After Reed Johnson struck out, Darwin Barney followed with a short fly to right field that saw three Mets converge on the ball. Lucas Duda tried to make the catch, but it hit off his leg and Barney reached third base as Cardenas scored.

Next up was Starlin Castro, who hit a chopper to second and the ball hit off the glove of Ronny Cedeno and went into the outfield, scoring Barney. After Alfonso Soriano walked, Ramon Ramirez took the mound and gave up a run-scoring single to Jeff Baker followed by Soto's RBI groundout for a 6-0 lead.

Ike Davis broke up the shutout bid in the ninth with two outs when he clubbed his ninth homer of the year off of James Russell.

Game Notes

Chicago took four of six from New York last season...The Mets went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base...Wood is 1-0 in two games against the Mets...Santana fell to 3-1 in seven games against the Cubs.

Box Score:

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 74

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs. Cubs - Game 74:
  1. Torres-CF
  2. Tejada-SS
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Hairston-LF
  5. Duda-RF
  6. Cedeno-2B
  7. Davis-1B
  8. Nickeas-C
  9. Santana-P

Preview: Game 74 - Mets at Cubs - Santana in Wrigley Field

New York Mets (39-34) at Chicago Cubs (24-48) 8:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Santana (L) 14 5-3 3.006.11-26.376/19BALW6.0402-116.05.63
T. Wood (L) 7 1-3 4.145.20-16.116/19@CHWW6.0411-117.23.57

It wasn't a no-hitter, but Johan Santana's scoreless outing last week calmed some fears that he might have emptied the tank during his milestone start at the beginning of the month.

Santana hopes to keep heading in the right direction tonight with a third straight win as the New York Mets open up a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

The left-handed Santana is 4-1 over his last five starts with three scoreless outings over that period. That of course includes the first no-hitter in Mets history, which Santana threw on June 1 versus the Cardinals.

The former Cy Young winner allowed 10 runs over 10 innings over his next two starts, taking a loss to the Yankees while escaping with a win over the Rays, but returned to form on Tuesday with six scoreless frames to best the Orioles. The 33-year-old allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five to improve to 5-3 with a 3.00 earned run average in 14 starts this year.

"That no-hitter took it out of him," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Santana. "I'm not sure the adrenaline didn't wipe him out for a week but I thought he was much sharper today."

Santana has posted a 1.16 ERA in eight starts at home, but has struggled to a 1-2 mark and 6.37 ERA in six on the road. He could put those issues to rest for an outing tonight given that he is 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in six career meetings with the Cubs. That includes three starts and a total of just five earned runs allowed over 27 1/3 innings of work.

Opposing Santana will be Travis Wood, who looks to build off his first victory in a Cubs uniform.

The 25-year-old pitched six innings at the White Sox on Tuesday and yielded a run on four hits and four walks while striking out five. That was good enough to earn a 2-1 decision and outduel the ChiSox's Jake Peavy.

Wood, who earned his first win since Aug. 19 of last year while with the Reds, is 1-3 with a 4.14 ERA in seven starts, but is pitching to a 2.66 ERA in four road appearances.

The 25-year-old will face the Mets for the first time since his second big- league start on July 5, 2010. He did not get a decision on that day, charged with five runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 4 2/3 frames.

New York will try to avoid a third straight loss this evening after dropping the final two games of its series with the Yankees. The Mets, who had won four straight before the setbacks, were handed a 6-5 setback in last night's rubber match.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 49 - Mets at Cubs

Final Score: Chicago 9, New York 3

Carlos Zambrano pitched six innings for the win and went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, leading the Cubs to a 9-3 victory over the Mets in the finale of a three-game series.

Zambrano (5-2) picked up his first victory in four starts after allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and two walks, striking out five. He knocked in the eventual game-winning run with a single in Chicago's four-run fourth and also doubled and scored a run in the sixth.

Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer and Kosuke Fukudome added a solo blast for the Cubs, who won two of three in the series.

Mets starter R.A. Dickey left the game with right heel pain after he fell running to cover first base in the third inning. Pedro Beato (1-1) relieved him and took the loss in 1 1/3 innings.

Daniel Murphy had three hits for the Mets, who have lost four of their last five.

Late Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 49 - Mets at Cubs

New York Mets (23-25) at Chicago Cubs (21-26), 2:20 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - R.A. Dickey (2-5, 4.71) Chicago - Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 4.88)

The New York Mets are still waiting for last year's version of R.A. Dickey to show up after signing the knuckleballer to a two-year deal with a club option for 2013 this past offseason.

Dickey will get the call this afternoon in the finale of a three-game series versus the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field and is coming off just his second win of the 2011 campaign. In last Friday's 2-1 victory against the local New York Yankees in the Bronx, Dickey was reached for just one run in six innings.

The right-hander struck out six batters and walked three to improve to 2-5 in 10 games (9 starts) to go along with a 4.71 earned run average. Dickey lost his only start against the Cubs on Sept. 3 in a 7-6 loss in the Windy City and is 2-1 in five road games, four of which have been starts. In 2010, Dickey finished tied for second on the club with a career-best 11 wins.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 48

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup at Chicago - Game 48: 
  1. Reyes-SS
  2. Thole-C
  3. Beltran-RF
  4. Bay-LF
  5. Murphy-1B
  6. Turner-3B
  7. Pridie-CF
  8. Tejada-2B
  9. Gee-RHP

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 48 - Mets at Cubs

New York Mets (22-25) at Chicago Cubs (21-25), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (3-0, 3.44) Chicago - Casey Coleman (2-3, 6.03)

Young Texan Dillon Gee gets the call to stop the bleeding for the New York Mets tonight when they visit the Chicago Cubs for the middle game of a three-game midweek series at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs sent the Mets to their third straight loss in Tuesday's opener after Ryan Dempster pitched seven strong innings and Chicago capitalized on some shoddy New York fielding in an 11-1 victory.

Horrendous Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 47 - Mets at Cubs

Final Score: Chicago 11, New York 1

Ryan Dempster pitched seven strong innings and the Cubs capitalized on some shoddy New York fielding to pound the Mets, 11-1, at Wrigley Field.

Starlin Castro had three hits and drove in two for the Cubs, who also got a pair of RBI from Darwin Barney and Carlos Zambrano.

Dempster (3-4) allowed seven hits and fanned five to move his career mark to 10-5 against the Mets.

New York faltered in the opener of this three-game series by allowing five unearned runs. Jon Niese (3-5) yielded seven hits and six runs, but just two earned, over five frames.

"They put good swings on pitches. I don't think they hit me too hard, but obviously they hit them in the right spots," Niese said.

The Mets lost their third in a row and have surrendered 27 runs in that span.

Lou Montanez, in his first game with the Cubs, doubled to right field to score Aramis Ramirez to start a five-run second inning. Mets catcher Ronny Paulino then committed the first of his two errors on the night when the ball popped out of his glove on a throw home from first baseman Daniel Murphy. That came off a ground ball from Koyie Hill.

Following Dempster's sacrifice bunt and a Reed Johnson walk, Barney singled in Montanez to keep the bases full. Castro then singled in two more runs to cap the outburst.

A Jose Reyes infield single scored Ruben Tejada in the top of the fifth, but Castro's RBI triple down to the right field corner in the bottom half made it 6-1.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ryan Dempster vs Mets: Beltran is locked in against him

Beltran looking to flex his muscles tonight?

New York Mets Career statistics vs. Ryan Dempster
Carlos Beltran9 6 0 0 1 3 3 0 .667 .769 1.000 1.769
Willie Harris4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .600 .500 1.100
Ronny Paulino5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .200 .400
Scott Hairston5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .200 .400
Jose Reyes5 2 0 1 0 1 1 2 .400 .500 .800 1.300
Jason Bay13 2 0 0 0 0 4 4 .154 .353 .154 .507
Daniel Murphy3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Ruben Tejada2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .500 .333 .500 .833
Josh Thole3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000

The Mets coming off the pitiful  3-game series against the Yanks have to get their bats started tonight. The Mets have seen limited action against Dempster with the exception of Carlos Beltran who owns him batting .667 (6 for 9) and  Jason Bay who is batting .154  who could not hit Dempster if he was throwing a beach ball. The collectively are hitting .347 against Dempster..

Preview: 2011 Regular Season Game 47 - Mets at Cubs

New York Mets (22-24) at Chicago Cubs (20-25), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Jon Niese (3-4, 4.39) Chicago - Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.91)

After a forgettable trip to one historic ballpark, the Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field to begin a lengthy homestand with the opener of a three-game set against the New York Mets.

The Cubs return home after dropping two of three to Boston in their first trip to Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. Even the lone game they won in that series came with a loss as outfielder Marlon Byrd was hit in the face by a pitch in Saturday's 9-3 win and spent the night at a local hospital.

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