Game Recap: Cubs 2, Mets 1

Result: The Mets bullpen spoiled a strong outing by Zack Wheeler, as the Cubs scored two runs in the final two innings to win, 2-1.



Need to Know: Zack Wheeler built on his strong start last time out to hold the Cubs scoreless over 6 2/3 innings. He allowed just two hits, walked two and struck out seven. Josh Edgin came on in the seventh with a man on and two outs and retired Chicago’s Nate Schierholtz  via strikeout, but the lefty surrendered the lead after allowing a solo homer to Chris Coghlan in the bottom of the eighth. Scott Rice earned the loss in the ninth when Nate Schierholtz lined a single to score Anthony Rizzo with the game’s winning run. Curtis Granderson gave the Mets a first-inning lead with a sacrifice fly, plating Matt den Dekker. Granderson had three hits for the Mets, and Lucas Duda also reached base twice with a single and a walk.


Game Ball: Wheeler, who has now allowed just one run in his last 13 innings. Over that time span, the 24-year-old has struck out 16 and walked only two.

Links: AP Recap | Box Score


What’s Next: The Mets take on the Cubs at Wrigley again Wednesday night, with Daisuke Matsuzaka set to start against Edwin Jackson. The game will begin at 8:05 p.m.




133 comments
Frank
Frank

Everyday you people say the same thing. We need another bat. Well guess what we can't get one until the deadline because otherwise we are lowing the value of the players we are trying to trade. What we should have done is signed that bat in the off season and then when the deadline comes aquire another by trade we would have a solid line up and make a playoff push. Nothing will change. Chris young will play every other day until it gets so ugly it forces Sandys hand. If he keeps hitting home runs we will see cy for the rest of the year.

anymos
anymos

I think teams have gotten way carried away with the walk-off celebrations.  The Cubs, with a 21-33 record, won a 2-1 game on June 3 against the Mets and they celebrated harder than we did after Ventura's grand single.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

If Sandy brought in just one established hitter to go along with Wright and Murphy, we could win this division.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

When is this team going to release Chris Young? If Abreu started last night, chances are we win. Who cares if we pay him 7MM, Abreu's contract washes it.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

How to lose a Game without really Trying, by Terry Collins!

Mike Kulpa
Mike Kulpa

 Would it kill Terry to try a hit and run or even a SQUEEZE? He has no clue how to manage a National League team.

Ted Clarke
Ted Clarke

If Murphy scores on the hit, before there were bases loaded with no out...it's a completely different inning.  Sure no one else hit any runs in, but a play like that can change an inning or change a game.  I am really sick of his pathetic slap swing and bushleague base running.  Trade him and do not sign him to an extension.

Dennis McShea
Dennis McShea

Mr Rice a career minor league ballplayer up until last year when the thrifty Mets took a gamble on him. In all honesty..they need to dump Mr Rice. Everytime he enters a game i take a deep breath because i know that runners will be put on base. He is our lefty specialist out of the pen?? I really believe he is next on the list to be reassigned.

eavdr10
eavdr10

I always wondered out of curiosity how a minor league lineup would produce in the big leagues. Now I know

John Joseph
John Joseph

Bases loaded, no one out...couldn't get a run in. That's why they lost.

am6241
am6241

How many times can these poor young pitches pitch their hearts out and be disappointed? Please bury CY on the bench and the catcher is not any better. Again this team offensively stinks and the manager is terrible. 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

8th inning, Familia, 9th inning, Mejia. How hard is it to stick to that plan? Why are we sending out career minor leaguers with no potential in for important innings?

mystere24
mystere24

There's no question we need a free agent signing or blockbuster trade like Hernandez/Carter in the '80's or Piazza in the '90's to elevate this team to contender status for 2015. They are difficult to swing, but then our lineup has difficulty swinging too. Typically it's a star player who has fallen out of favor or is having a salary dispute and the team takes on salary. Alderson has positioned the team to do this. He can use the $3 million saved by trading Davis and the $7.5 million saved when Chris Young becomes a free agent to put toward a top hitter. He can trade Colon and free up another $10 million. He can trade Murphy in his walk year and free up another $6 million.

The more difficult question is who to invest in as a free agent or who to target in a trade. The only impact player I see on the 2015 free agent market is Hanley Ramirez, who would be a great fit for the Mets. Unfortunately, it's hard to see us landing him and all signs point to the Bronx. Fallbacks are JJ Hardy or Jed Lowrie. Perhaps they will target a solid but unspectacular guy like Melky Cabrera for LF. His bat might play into the large gaps at Citi. Fallbacks are Mike Morse or Colby Rasmus (who is currently a CF).

That brings us back to a trade. Maybe they target a risk/reward player like Matt Kemp since the Dodgers have a surplus of OFs and they take on salary with the Dogers offsetting a portion of his long term contract. Maybe they target Brandon Phillips at 2B, not the player he once was and overpaid currently, in a similar manner.

It's hard to say who might be available but we have payroll space, tradable commodities, and positional needs. But it's who we bring in that matters most and will determine if we finally take that next step or not.

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

For many months, I have ridiculed Scott Rice on this site. And every time, people would call me crazy. I would point out crucial stats like his 11 BB's in 13 innings, or his 3.97 ERA vs lefties. Or maybe just his 5.40 ERA overall. Nobody would listen to me. Now do you people understand? Hopefully Rice is the one who gets sent down today.

Andrew Pasquale
Andrew Pasquale

How many times can we lose 1-0, 2-1, 3-2....imagine if this team had signed 2-3 solid bats. We could easily be in first place. So frustrating....

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

When are they going to realize that the stiff (CY) is not the answer...when?  Again, the DUD and CY are miserable at the plate.  Yes, the DUD hit a homer or two during the last series, but it doesn't change that he's overmatched on most games...time to experiment with someone else for a change...how about SOUP at first TC?????

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Bigger issue to me is long term. SA over values the HR IMO. At the expense of BA and too many strikeouts. Maybe just me but I'd rather have the guy who hits .280 with 10 HRs and a good contact hitter hitting a lot of doubles than the guy who hits 230 with maybe 25 HRs but with 200 Ks.

That's SAs philosophy so there will be another "Chris Young type" player next year too. A lineup with so many Ks lends itself to looking bipolar! And too often just plain painful to watch.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

The hitting spoiled Wheeler's outing.

lindro88
lindro88

If they just got 1 run out of that bases loaded, no out inning they probably win last night. Big picture, they just don't have nearly enough offense.

kingman76
kingman76

Rice has hurt this team since day 1 this year.  We can't afford to carry a relief pitcher with a 5.00 plus ERA.  Give Eveland a chance - he can't be worse.

kcas44
kcas44

watching this mets team hit is like watching paint dry keep playing those 190... hitters terry you got to go

Patrick Tromp
Patrick Tromp

A really bad loss, especially with a bad team as the cubs....these are the games that we've to win

rico
rico

It's always been about 2015 guys, this year was conceded seconds after Harvey went down. This year is about seasoning the young arms and possibly setting up a trade for a bat at mid-sesson or on the off season.

The opportunity might come when a team has a chance at a run but needs one or two arms, or a team like the Cubs have a lot of young hitting prospects and we have the pitching prospects. I'm sure the teams will be scouting each other hard over the next few days. There may be a fit right here.

Everybody says " we need a star hitter" but noone has identified who that might be. Should we bring back Bobby Bo? He's about Bartolo's age and we're still paying him :)

ptier
ptier

I was at the game this evening, along with many other Mets fans. Wheeler looked great, but as much as he looked good, the Cubs just looked pretty bad.  The Mets looked like the stronger team, but there just wasn't much life out there. They looked tired, to be honest. I think the Philly series took a lot out of them. 


If Wrigley Field wasn't such a nice place to watch a baseball game, I wouldn't want to pay to watch either of those two teams regularly. It was just so dead out there.


bkzmetsfan
bkzmetsfan

This is a .500 team at best. I'm expecting these losses to come. You guys keep going crazy over each lost makes you sound like a Yankee fan who wants to win 162 games because you have a $162 Million Dollar team on the field. We don't have that nor the talent! 

E2 Productions
E2 Productions

Why do we care about all our young pitching? They can't hit. The bullpen hasn't been good since Duaner Sanchez' car accident.

monstah
monstah

The Mets stranded at least one runner in each of the first five innings and 10 runners in all. Chris Young was the most egregious offender. He went 0 for 4, leaving six runners on base. He struck out with a runner on first to end the seventh and drop his average to .195." NY Times.

(If TC starts CY tomorrow I will lose it!!!)

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

@Samuel Mateyak Hey, Samuel, Lucas has only have four seasons to get it together; given the credo of Met's management, four or five more seasons will be all it takes for him to really blossom. Just wait and see!

heynow20
heynow20

Really? Where would the Mets be without Murphy?

Ted Clarke
Ted Clarke

Because that dope Murphy can't score from second on a line drive to the outfield.  He was back to second on the hit.  It wasn't even close to being caught!!  He is the worst baserunner in the league and has cost the team numerous times with his pathetic running.  If he scores on that hit, it's a whole different inning and they have at the very least the 2nd run.  He's horrible and he doesn't hit when it matters. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

I completely agree they need to do something. But I just don't think they have the money. CYs money is offset by increases in Grandy Niese and Colons contracts next year. So that 7m is gone. Maybe you get lucky and can get someone to take most of Colons 11m next year. But then you have Gee Meija Murphy all having big arb increases next year. Let alone Duda EY Tejada etc. if they keep all the arb guys you're talking probably close to a 15m increase just for those guys.

So if they do nothing payroll goes up almost 15m and you've lost CY.

They're going to have to move a Murphy Gee and/or Niese just for payroll reasons.

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

@samc Why was he even pitching in that situation? That is what I am wondering...

SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

Who would you rather have up, Murphy or Duda? Apparently Sandy likes Duda.

mrgee
mrgee

If only that were new news...

ken1010
ken1010

Star hitters are hard to find. When we had the chance to get Choo and Abreu, we should have pulled the trigger.

1harris1
1harris1

Do you think playing CY is Terry's call? I'm not certain of that. Judging by some of Terry's recent comments about Young, he doesn't seem too crazy about him.

Alderson was the one during the last couple of weeks who spewed the nonsense of "we have to give Chris a chance" Alderson is the one who gave Young 7 million dollars, so he likely feels it's worthwhile to play him in hopes that he'll justify the money spent. I don't know that the manager of the team feels the same way.

Ted Clarke
Ted Clarke

@heynow20 Same place...which isn't saying much.  What have they done with him????

1harris1
1harris1

I disagree. Their pitching should keep them somewhere around .500, especially with the NL as a whole being seemingly down this season. Where it becomes a stretch in terms of the team's potential is when people talk about them contending. They clearly don't have enough reliable talent in their lineup to do that.

Scrubs
Scrubs

@1harris1 I'd bring in Rod Carew for a refresher course.  All expenses paid!  He had this guy using a shorter stroke, hitting to all fields. During Spring training CY looked awesome.  Not so much now, huh?

heynow20
heynow20

He has the highest WAR on the team and the best avg with RISP. He certainly has flaws but C'mon, Murphy isn't our problem...

ponzies86
ponzies86

Murphy could be the perfect trade bait. The guy is an accident waiting to happen on the field and he is a streaky hitter

Ted Clarke
Ted Clarke

@heynow20 I never said he was our problem.  There are too many problems with this team with Collins being the main one.  Unfortunately his flaws seem to stand out more than his offense.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@heynow20  He continually makes head shaking mistakes with his base running and defense. I'm not saying they don't need his bat, but his goofy play negates his offense.

mrgee
mrgee

Doubt the offense can really get much worse.

Ted Clarke
Ted Clarke

@ponzies86 That's what I say....trade him now while his stock is high.  I always liked Murphy, but it's time to move forward.