Final Recap: Mets 14 – Cubs 3

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The New York Mets (44-37) completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs (51-30) this afternoon by demolishing them by the final score of 14-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Wilmer Flores had a game of a lifetime going 6-6 while hitting 2 HR’s and driving in 4.
  • Curtis Granderson was 2-4 with a solo HR and an RBI single.
  • Kelly Johnson was 2-2 with a pinch-hit 2-run HR.
  • Rene Rivera was 2-4 with a 2-run HR and 3 RBI’s.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Neil Walker was 2-4 with an RBI.
  • James Loney was 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Noah Syndergaard fired 7 innings of 1-run ball allowing 7 hits, while walking none and striking out 8.
  • The Mets belted out 22 hits today.

Well Mets fans the score speaks for itself. After the Cubs took a 1-0 lead early in the top of the first inning, it was nothing short of an ambush by the Mets for the rest of the game. It was also a historic day for the Mets in multiple ways, as Wilmer Flores became the second Met in club history to get six hits in one game. Edgardo Alfonzo is the only other player in franchise history to collect six hits in a game. The Mets also clubbed a season-high 22 hits, which also matched the franchise record for hits in a home game. The Mets had also not swept a regular season four-game series from the Cubs since June 17-20, 1985, which is another great feat that this group of players accomplished today.  The Mets are also now responsible for Jon Lester’s shortest outing of his career, as he only went 1.1 innings and gave up eight runs on nine hits. 

This Mets team is totally rejuvenated since rallying from three runs behind on Thursday night and they steamrolled the best team in baseball all weekend long. Wilmer Flores looked like Babe Ruth at the plate today as he broke out of a recent 0-14 slump, and put his best foot forward to hold off whispers of Jose Reyes taking the third base job when he arrives, possibly sometime this week. 

Noah Syndergaard also put rest to whispers about his elbow as he mowed down the Cubs lineup this afternoon without much trouble. Syndergaard had been pulled after three innings in his last start against Washington after blowing a four-run lead, and he made sure the Cubs weren’t sniffing any sort of comeback, as he retired eleven straight batters at one point. 

The Mets seemed to play with a chip on their shoulder all weekend. All we have been talking about is how the Mets season may be doomed with this homestand, and how good the Cubs are coming into Citi Field. The Mets seemed to remember who the defending National League Champions are and took it to the Cubs. They have now won eight straight against the Cubs dating back to last year’s NLCS. 

The Mets still have a lot of work left to be done on this difficult homestand, as they welcome the Miami Marlins in for three games beginning tomorrow. The Mets and Marlins are neck and neck in the NL East standings for second place, and each team will try to further distance themselves from one another over the next three games. I have faith however this rejuvenated team can get the job done as the morale seems to be as high as it has been all season. Let’s go Mets!

  • The Mets and Marlins will do battle for a late-afternoon 4th of July contest tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 pm et. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY.
  • Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.55 ERA) will make the start for the Mets and oppose Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.45 ERA).

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