Game recap: Cubs 4 – Mets 1

Recap: The Mets struggled to produce much offensively as they fell to the Cubs, 4-1, to split a four-game series at Citi Field on Monday afternoon.


MLB: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

Need to Know:  Making a spot start for Bartolo Colon, who was scratched from Monday’s outing to visit his critically ill mother, Carlos Torres was stellar for the Mets, allowing only three hits and striking out six over five scoreless innings. Cubs rookie starter Kyle Hendricks matched Torres pitch-for-pitch, scattering only three hits over seven innings of one-run ball. Lucas Duda got the scoring started with his team-leading 22nd home run, a solo shot, to put the Mets in front. The Cubs responded with four unanswered runs, including a solo home run from Anthony Rizzo and a two-run blast from Javier Baez, which gave them the lead for good.


Game ball: Torres, who made his first start of the season one night after a relief outing for the Mets.


Links: AP recap | Box


What’s next: The Mets will send Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69) to the mound as they travel to Oakland to open up a two-game set with the A’s on Tuesday at 10:05 p.m. Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA) toes the rubber for Oakland.




102 comments
bbr7
bbr7

i just want to say the mets are lucky to be where they are. they really deserve to be the laughing stock of the league. i am surprised they are not on pace to lose over 100 games. you got one stud player in matt harvey, and the guy blew his arm out in his first year in the league. gee and niese are not good, they are a product of citi fields favorable dimensions. they are average at best. put them in the american league and they both have 4.50 era. wheeler has already shown signs that he is not going to be a premier pitcher. our offense is atrocious. we don't have one single player hitting .300. our third highest average is .255. that is absurd. our manager can't speak proper english because he has lost his mind trying to explain to the media that the team sucks and there is nothing he can do about it. our owner, along with his appointed general managers, have managed to screw up year after year and simply not care about baseball. this is a weak team with weak leadership. some people just don't have it in them to win. this team continues to sign over the hill players, washed up players, and basically anyone they can save money on. all in all,  we know ownership doesn't care about winning. so why do we support them? ask yourself that question. the last ten years this team has sucked. we haven't won a championship in 30 years. and making the playoffs once every 15 years is garbage

Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

I hope I'm wrong, but this is probably going to unravel on the West Coast -- they could easily lose every game in Oakland and Los Angeles and be on a pace to win fewer games than they did last year.  I think TC sees the writing on the wall -- how can you "manage for your job" when your team is out of it by mid-August? 

What's most disappointing is the apparent lack of accountability in the clubhouse -- they play well, or play poorly, oh well.  A manager trying to keep his job doesn't let that happen.

See you all next year.

Scott JJ
Scott JJ

I couldn't listen to the game but I saw niese pinch hitted. Why did niese pinch hit? I know our hitters have been ice cold but wouldn't have more sense to have Campbell or someone else pinch hit.

josef
josef

Get rid of Collins, and do whatever it takes to get rid of that piece of crap Captain, David Wright, a loser, an overrated player, and a useless piece of crap!

Missingshea
Missingshea

I would like to start a grass roots movement to dump Collins. Enough is enough. 8 games below .500. and this clown is pretending they are in the hunt. Lets see some fire Collins signs in the stands (and some we want Wally's) for the remainder of the season. Come'on we can put some pressure on and have a voice. As mad as I've ever been at Mets management. This can not continue another year when we are really only a couple pieces away from contending. I truly believe that. Now lets get a new manager to fire this team up next year

hashburry
hashburry

It is clear the Mets, as an organization, aren't committed to doing what is necessary to revamp this lineup.  It needs a complete overhaul.  Grnaderson has turned out to be a terrible bust, regardless of his "great guy" status and 6 weeks of hitting.  Wright needs all kinds of support.  They will be stuck with Granderson, need to fill left and short, have a couple of viable hitters in Duda and Murphy, who are also absolute butchers on the right side of the infield.  Wiil have to wait and see how much Legares and dArnaud will grow, but that seems like ti will take time.

Michael Paulsen
Michael Paulsen

4 hits and our crackpot GM sits at the deadline; and that is why we are going nowhere year after year.

triviaace
triviaace

I didn't think there was a game ball for the losers.  Seems like everyone gets a trophy.  But, that's the Mets!

birtelcom
birtelcom

Longest Streak of Games of Four Or Fewer Hits, MLB Since 1914:

Tigers (Sept 29, 2002-April 5, 2003) 6 games in a row

Mets (current) 5 games in a row

Mets (Sept 3-8, 2004) 5 games in a row

A's (June 25-30, 1980) 5 games in a row

Reds (August 10-15, 1993) 5 games in a row

Mets (Sept 12-15, 1963) 5 games in a row

Red Sox (May 11-16, 1946) 5 games in a row


birtelcom
birtelcom

Longest Streak of Games of Exactly Four Hits, MLB Since 1914:

A's (June 25-30, 1980) 5 games in a row

Mets (current) 4 games in a row

Giants (Sept 11-15, 1962) 4 games in a row

Red Sox (July 31-August 2, 1958) 4 games in a row

Senators (August 24-27, 1914) 4 games in a row



RockMarz
RockMarz

I want to see king sport called up and this team sent down..most of them aren't playing mlb quality baseball.

jamets
jamets

How can we still be losing?  I've been reading for 3 months that CY and Tejada were the problem.  Well now they're gone and we still can't score runs. How can that be?

jjgjr41
jjgjr41

Like the Mets, hate this team.  They are an embarrassment.  

jjgjr41
jjgjr41

Been saying for a while that Mejia is not the answer.  He is proving me right each and every night.  

jjgjr41
jjgjr41

If I hear one more Mets announcer say "what a stellar pitching performance" by an opposing pitcher I am going to puke.  There are kids in Williamsport that should shutout this POS lineup.  

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

I hate NFL football but I have to agree with you. Every year Collins' record gets worse and every year they keep bringing him back. What a joke. They need a manager that will rattle some cages. Give Backman a chance.

Bill Donahue
Bill Donahue

Bobby Valentine was asked about the Mets hitting after the game. He said they look confused. Then he said they are boring. This is not an individual thing, it is the whole team

dabo
dabo

Why is DW playing?  He can't hit and he is hurt, so what if he is the captain he is not helping this team.  

jsecurity
jsecurity

Entire team stops hitting at same time? FIRE COLLINS!

elcondor
elcondor

Why do we support them ? Because we are Met Fans! I wear my Met Cap when things are going good or bad. Why? Because I'm a Met Fan! I don't control who owns the team so I don't whine about ownership. Though a Marge Shott would be a bit of an embarrassment. I don't think I'm entitled to have a well funded, contending team because I was born in Bronx, NY instead of Cleveland. Every team has room for improvement even the World Champion Sox. Every Front Office can be second guessed including the guy in Detroit who went all in this year. I know these blogs are an outlet for disgruntled fans. I get that and enjoy the different points of view. Just try to keep it adult and not immature and childish. My personal point of view is Sandy has done a good job but Terry falls short in, oh, so many ways. Would Like to see Tim Tuefel get the job. See him as a Maddon, Boche, Melvin type. However, I love the Mets! I am a Met fan!

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@Missingshea i had such a sign and the Mets ushers were instructed to ask me to not display it. 

jamets
jamets

@Missingshea  You really think the problem with this team is that they weren't "fired up" enough?

hubie_wc
hubie_wc

What do you want the manager to say? The season is over. Collins ain't the problem. They have not hit at all.

This team does need a new skipper though, a breath of fresh air would be nice.

josef
josef

@birtelcom Thanks to our piece of crap, Captain loser with a ).375 slugging, 8 HRs, and 56 RBIs! F...ing ridiculous! David Wright SUCKS!!!

golflady7
golflady7

He's hurt and on any real team would not be pitching...open your eyes!!!

Max Denby
Max Denby

Your right. He's a starting pitcher they forced to close

triviaace
triviaace

@Bill Donahue Valentine is a thin skinned a$$hole.  Do you remember when he was manager of the Mets he had Tim McCarver fired as TV analyst because he had the gall to criticize Bobby's managing and decisions..

josef
josef

@dabo He f...ing sucks!! He has sucked and under-delivered all throughout his career, but it shows ever more!

Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

Be careful with Wright, he's playing hurt but he's earned the benefit of the doubt because of who he is. You're being short-sighted, the big picture is that he still figures in the future of the club. It would help if other guys on this team picked up the slack and carried the captain for a bit.

Ray Carattini
Ray Carattini

@elcondor  Mets fan here too....but it gets old when the front office sticks the finger to the fans and says eff you, but want you to go to games, buy the jerseys, eat the poison at the park, etc....why give away your time and money if ownership feeds you a load of crap? As a fan, I may not be entitled but if they're gonna have my support then the least they should do is stop patronizing the fanbase.

rico
rico

@dumpcy you're always going to find someone to "dump" on dumpy

josef
josef

@dumpcy Exactly! F...ing David Wright, the f...ing Captain of the Mets!!!

triviaace
triviaace

@dumpcy Bull sh1t.  The main problems are Alderson and Collins.  The faster they are gone, the faster the recovery.

@dumpcy The major problems are the manager, the coaching staff, the bullpen coach, the General Manager and the owners.

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@Max Denby He's a decent middle innings reliever. Can't give you more than 5 innings as starter. 

golflady7
golflady7

He was when he wasn't hurt..and showed it with his bulldog manner...better question I why we ruin everyone with any hearts and guts? Oh yea..ownership has none and resents anyone who does!!!!

dabo
dabo

@Eric Ohlson 5 years ago really doesn't matter at this point.  Are you saying because of his name he should be allowed to continue to play and be terrible?  Send him to the DL and let him recover.  He needs to change his in season ways in order to remain healthy and productive on the field.  He is older and needs to adjust what he does in the preseason, in season and pst season.

matmil
matmil

Why is everybody saying he's hurt when he keeps denying it?

elcondor
elcondor

Yes, The fans are patronized, for sure. But it comes down to many Fans "Can't handle the truth" Sometimes after reading several mean spirited posts I'll watch the game and see the 7Line group having a great time watching their favorite team. That's what's it's all about. Obviously, an owner is not going to sell their business because a Met Blogger asks them to, that is just silly. I've yet to see aMet Blooger who I would hire for GM over Sandy. However, there does seem like there are about 5 Met Bloggers that I would hire over Terry