Chicago Cubs (51-27):
SP: Jason Hammel RHP (7-4, 2.58 ERA)
New York Mets (41-37):
- Brandon Nimmo (L) RF
- Neil Walker (S) 2B
- Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
- James Loney (L) 1B
- Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
- Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
- Kelly Johnson (L) LF
- Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
- Jacob deGrom (L) RHP
SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (3-4, 2.67 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
CUBS-METS NOTES: New York has lost 12 of its last 15 regular season games to the Cubs…The Mets swept the Cubs in four games in last year’s NLCS…Jacob deGrom was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field…He worked 7.0 innings and allowed two runs in a 5-2 win.
CUBS- METS PITCHERS: The Mets are third in the majors with a 3.35 team ERA and the Cubs are first (2.86)…New York starters are second in the majors with a 3.32 ERA…Chicago is first (2.54)… The Mets have allowed 65 homers, tied with the Cubs for the fewest allowed in the majors.
FOUR OR MORE: The Mets are 30-7 when they score four or more runs and 11-30 when they score three or less runs.
THE CLOSER: Jeurys Familia has 27 saves, the most in the majors and is 27- 27 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has a franchise record with 27 straight saves to open a season…Familia has saved 43 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is also the longest active streak in the major leagues.
FINDING NIMMO: Brandon Nimmo is 5-for-his-last-16 (.313) after going 0-4 in his major league debut on June 26 at Atlanta…He collected his first major league RBI last night and scored the go-ahead run… Nimmo is the 16th major leaguer born in Wyoming to appear in the majors.
THIRD-DECK: Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer into the Promenade Level last night in what is believed to be the only ball to reach the third deck in a regular season or postseason game.
HOT AS THE SUMMER SUN: Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .342 (26-76) with four homers and nine RBI over his last 20 games…He has a .400 on-base percentage during that streak.
DEGROM VS. CUBS: Jacob deGrom has never won a regular season start against the Cubs…In those three starts, he is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA …That ERA is the highest against any team in deGrom’s career…He has allowed four home runs over those three starts, which is tied for the most home runs he’s allowed against any team…He has never pitched more than 5.1 innings against the Cubs in the regular season.
METS VS. HAMMEL: Jason Hammel holds a career 0-3 record in five games started against the Mets in his career…Holds a 4.91 ERA in 29 career innings pitched…Notable numbers against Hammel are provided below…
- James Loney: .317 (13-41), 3 2B, 3 HR
- Kelly Johnson: .300 (9-30), 1 2B, 2 HR
- Neil Walker: .263 (5-19), 1 2B, 1 RBI
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .250 (2-8), 1 2B, 1 HR
- Wilmer Flores: .000 (0-3)
The New York Mets (41-37) rallied to defeat the Chicago Cubs (51-27) tonight by the final score of 4-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Yoenis Cespedes went 1-4 and hit the Mets longest home run of the season (solo HR) in the bottom of the 6th at 466 feet.
- Brandon Nimmo was 1-4 and picked up his first career RBI with an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th.
- Neil Walker was 1-4 and credited with an RBI that scored two runs on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error on the same play in the bottom of the 7th.
- Steven Matz went 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 3.
- Jeurys Familia converted his 27th save of the season.
This was exactly the kind of win the Mets needed to hopefully pull them back in the right direction, as they are in the middle of the toughest stretch of games on their schedule this season. For the first five innings it seemed more of the same Mets that we had seen over the last 4 days. But a Yoenis Cespedes bomb in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Cubs lead to 3-1, seemed to bring some life back into the team. The Mets fought and scrapped in the bottom of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead that they would never relinquish. The Mets from the sixth inning on played with a sense of urgency, and it was the kind of performance we were used to seeing in the second half of last season, and the beginning of this season.
Steven Matz pitched a great game tonight, as he only allowed two mistake pitches which included a 2-run home run to Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant in the top of the first inning, and a solo home run allowed to second baseman Javier Baez in the top of the sixth. Matz appeared to look good on the mound physically, considering the circumstances he is pitching with. He told reporters after the game that he had taken some anti-inflammatory medicine for his elbow and that his elbow felt fine while pitching during the game. If Matz can work around the bone spur for the rest of the season and return to form, he will be a huge factor for the Mets down the stretch.
Jeurys Familia tip-toed out of a jam in the top of the ninth inning after allowing the first two batters to reach base. Familia faced runners on second and third with no outs, and came out unscathed while facing the middle of the Cubs lineup. Familia continues to display why he is one of the best closers in the game this season, as he is now a perfect 27 for 27 in save opportunities. Familia has been the one constant for the Mets this season and it would’ve been truly heartbreaking had he blown the save. However that wasn’t the case tonight, and the Mets I believe are celebrating one of their best wins of the season, if not their best win.
If the Mets are able to keep the momentum rolling through the rest of the All-Star Break, a win like tonight’s game are always the kind of games you look back at. The Mets fought hard against one of the best team’s in baseball and were visibly fired up after the game. Reestablishing their identity over this homestand is huge, and I believe they can do it if they continue to fight like they did tonight. Oh yeah and keep on smiling Mr. Nimmo you’ve earned it with the way you’ve played since your call-up! Here’s to an uneven June but hopefully a better July!
- The Mets and Cubs will square off in the second matchup of their four-game series tomorrow night at 7:10 pm et. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
- Jacob deGrom (3-4, 2.67 ERA) will take the hill for the Mets against Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel (7-4, 2.58 ERA)
The Washington Nationals (47-32) completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets (40-37) tonight as they won by the final score of 4-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Logan Verrett pitched 5 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 1.
- James Loney hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 9th. He finished tonight’s game 1-4.
- Kelly Johnson was 1-3 with a double.
- Antonio Bastardo had his best outing of late pitching 2 perfect innings.
- Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had 2 home runs tonight off Mets pitching and accounted for 3 RBI’s.
The Mets came into this series with a chance to come out tied for first place with the Washington Nationals. That opportunity has long passed, as the Mets now sit six games out of first place and welcome the Chicago Cubs to Citi Field for four games beginning tomorrow. It could possibly be time to begin hitting the panic button, as the schedule is not in the Mets favor heading into the All-Star Break, and with Terry Collins preaching urgency prior to tonight’s game, the Mets simply fell flat.
The Mets did not score until James Loney cracked a 2-run home run in the top of the 9th, but prior to that home run the Mets were in a 23 inning scoreless drought. Watching Daniel Murphy single-handily destroy the Mets tonight added salt in the wound to the Mets stagnant offense. Murphy is now hitting a robust .429 (15-35) with four home runs and 11 RBI’s against the Mets this season. Murphy also holds an insane 1.229 OPS against the Mets this season, and it could be determined that he has turned into a bonafide killer against his former team.
The Mets however had an opportunity to climb back into tonight’s game in the top of the eighth only down 2-0. The Mets had two runners in scoring position, with two outs, and the struggling Alejandro De Aza struck out against Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley to end the inning. It’s hard to see De Aza staying on the Mets roster as soon as Jose Reyes and Juan Lagares are set to be activated, as he hasn’t done much with the playing time he has received and is in a 2-36 rut at the plate.
The Mets welcome a white-hot Cubs team to New York, who surely will be fired up to face the team who eliminated them in last year’s NLCS. The Mets are quickly falling behind in the standings and if things do not turn around very soon, it is going to get uglier than we ever thought it would very quickly. Let’s hope for the best heading into this next series and remember ya gotta believe!
- The Mets and Cubs will do battle for the first of four games this weekend, beginning tomorrow night at Citi Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on SNY and MLB Network.
- After having his start pushed back a day, Steven Matz (7-3, 3.29 ERA) will take the hill for the Mets and oppose Cubs starter John Lackey (7-4, 3.29 ERA).
The Washington Nationals (46-32) defeated the New York Mets (40-36) by the final score of 5-0 tonight. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- In a rain-shortened outing Matt Harvey went 3.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 4 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3.
- Jerry Blevins was charged with 2 runs in 1.1 innings of relief on a 2-run homer by Bryce Harper.
- Hansel Robles pitched 2 innings while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 2 batters and striking out 2.
- Asdrubal Cabrera was 1-4 with a double. It was the Mets only extra base-hit of the night.
Well if it couldn’t get much worse last night for Mets fans it certainly did tonight. The Mets were completely blanked offensively by Nats starter Lucas Giolito who pitched four rain-shortned innings and the Nationals bullpen who pitched five scoreless innings in relief. The Mets were only down 1-0 before mother nature intervened in the bottom of the fourth and caused an 85-minute rain delay. However when Matt Harvey was pulled after the delay, reliever Jerry Blevins served up a 2-run home run to Bryce Harper in the bottom of the fifth which almost seemed to put the game out of reach, despite the Mets only being down 3-0.
The Mets certainly had an opportunity in the top of the sixth inning to claw back into the game after loading the bases with one out. But former Met Oliver Perez would have other plans and strike out James Loney, as well as retire Wilmer Flores on a fly ball to center field to end the Mets lone threat. Another ho-hum outing for the Mets offense and things will not get any easier with Max Scherzer on the mound for the Nats.
Despite Matt Harvey being tagged with the loss it wasn’t necessarily his fault Mother Nature made her presence felt and cut his outing short. Harvey looked to be pitching better than his last start in Washington when he was absolutely tattooed. Harvey unfortunately now becomes the quickest Mets pitcher in history to approach ten losses in a season. Tough break for the Dark Knight tonight as much of it wasn’t the fault of his own.
Curtis Granderson did not come out to play right field after the rain delay as it seems he is dealing with a mild right calf strain. Apparently this injury caused Granderson to sit on Sunday against the Braves and it may cost him a start tomorrow evening against the Nationals. It doesn’t seem to be anything too serious, but with the Mets rash of injuries this season we will keep a close eye on it. Alejandro De Aza replaced Granderson in right field after the delay.
The Mets have now dropped back five games in the standings behind the Nationals, and will look to at least salvage a game out of this series tomorrow night. The Mets now sit in third place and can’t afford to keep losing ground as they are probably in their toughest stretch of games this season prior to the All-Star Break. The Mets could quite frankly be out of the race prior to the break if they don’t begin stringing some wins together soon. They have one game against the Nationals remaining in this series, four against the Cubs next at Citi, three against the Marlins at Citi, and four against the Nationals at Citi to close out the first-half of the season. That is as tough of a schedule as they can face right now and there needs to be a sense of urgency heading into tomorrow’s finale.
- Tomorrow’s series finale will take place at 7:05 pm et and can be seen on both SNY and ESPN 2.
- Logan Verrett (3-4, 4.14 ERA) will receive the spot start tomorrow evening for the Mets and oppose Nationals ace Max Scherzer (8-5, 3.52 ERA).
- General Manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to reporters prior to tonight’s contest that both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are dealing with bone spurs in their pitching elbows. Matz’s start has been pushed back a day from Wednesday, and will now start Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. It has also been confirmed that both pitchers won’t suffer any further damage if they continue to pitch with the spurs, but it could limit their effectiveness. Syndergaard’s spur, which is much smaller, will not require an operation but Matz’s spur most likely will require an operation at some point. It is all wait and see at this point to see if there is any effect on both pitchers going forward. Logan Verrett will get the start tomorrow night against the Nats.
- It has been announced today that first baseman Dominic Smith (Team USA) and second baseman Dilson Herrera (World Team) will represent the Mets during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego on July 10. The 21-year old Smith who was a former first round pick in 2013, is hitting .259 with six home runs and 48 RBI’s in 71 games played for Double-A Binghamton. He is currently ranked as the Mets number one prospect by MLB.com. The 22-year old Herrera made his MLB debut back in 2014, but is still considered one of the best young hitters in the minors, and is regarded as the Mets second baseman of the future. Herrera is currently hitting .278 with 11 home runs and and 44 RBI’s in 69 games played at Triple-A Las Vegas.
- Another top prospect, shortstop Amed Rosario, has been declared as most likely staying put during the upcoming trade deadline by a source close to the Mets upper-management. The 20-year old Rosario is currently ranked as the number two prospect in the Mets system by MLB.com, and could be considered the gem of the farm system. Rosario was recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton and is one of the youngest players in the Eastern League. In 71 games played between High-A Port St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton combined, Rosario has hit .316 with three home runs and 44 RBI’s. Rosario has also collected nine triples.
New York Mets (40-35):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Brandon Nimmo (L) LF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P
SP: Matt Harvey RHP (4-9, 4.64 ERA)
Washington Nationals (45-32):
1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Wilson Ramos (R) C
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
8. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
9. Lucas Giolito (R) P
SP: Lucas Giolito RHP (MLB Debut)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
METS-NATIONALS NOTES: New York is 58-46 in Washington all-time…The Mets have won five of their last seven games in Washington…New York is 8-5 in D.C. since 2015…New York won two of three from the Nats in D.C. from May 23-25.
YO IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL: Yoenis Cespedes is hitting.387 (12-31) with four doubles, three homers and eight RBI in seven career games at Nationals Park.
NATURAL FLO: Wilmer Flores is 4-for-his-last-8 and has hit .319 (22-69) with four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in 24 games in June.
FACING A STARTER IN DEBUT: Lucas Giolito will become the fourth starting pitcher to make his major league debut against the Mets this year…He joins Aaron Blair (April 24 vs. Atlanta), the Dodgers’ Julio Urias (May 27 at Citi Field) and Jameson Taillon (June 8 at Pittsburgh)…New York is 3-0 in those starts, but only Aaron Blair suffered the loss…Urias and Taillon had no-decisions…The three pitchers posted a combined 5.79 ERA issued eight walks and struck out seven.
LONEY AIN’T NO PHONY: James Loney has hit in seven straight games (9-26, .346) and in 14 of his last 15 games (18-54, .333)…Loney has reached base safely in 22 of the 25 games he’s played with the Mets.
THE DARK KNIGHT VS. NATS: Matt Harvey went 3-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 10 starts vs. Washington from 2012-2015…Harvey is 0-2 with a 12.91 ERA in two starts vs. the Nationals this season…He is 0-1 with a 10.45 ERA in his last two starts at Nationals Park…Harvey is 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA in five career starts at Nationals Park.
The Washington Nationals (45-32) defeated the New York Mets (40-35) tonight by the final score of 11-4. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Noah Syndergaard was lit up for 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings pitched. He walked 3 and struck out 5 in his worst outing of the season.
- Sean Gilmartin wasn’t better in relief allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings pitched.
- Wilmer Flores was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s.
- Brandon Nimmo collected his first and second Major League hits by going 2-4.
- Travis d’Arnaud was 3-4 with three singles.
Tonight’s game was flat-out ugly no matter which way you slice it. The Mets jumped on Nationals starter Joe Ross early tagging him for four runs in the first three innings before the game imploded before our very eyes. Taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third, Noah Syndergaard was tagged for five runs and would be removed after the inning. The Nationals played small ball against Thor swiping a season high five bases off of him and hitting singles to drive in runs. It was the shortest outing of Syndergaard’s career and there are now question marks surrounding him after this start. The questions certainly merit warrant after he departed his last start with elbow discomfort and he now had the worst start of his season. New York Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert has reported that Syndergaard is dealing with bone chips in his pitching elbow and is trying to delay surgery until after the season. Syndergaard however denied the report after the game, stating nothing is wrong with his elbow. Fingers crossed the latter is the truth.
This was not the kind of outcome the Mets had hoped for after a promising early 4-0 lead, and then the Nationals scoring 11 unanswered runs. In a battle to regain control of first place, with tonight’s loss, the Mets now sit four games out of first place and the best they can do is come out of this series two games out of first. The road over the next two games doesn’t get any easier as the Nationals send two electric pitchers to the mound to face the Mets struggling offense. Ya gotta believe that the Mets can right the ship tomorrow after a tough day both on and off the field, with question marks now surrounding both Syndergaard and Steven Matz. Let’s keep the faith and hope for a crucial victory tomorrow night.
- The Mets and Nationals will square off in the second game of their three game series tomorrow evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on SNY and MLB Network.
- Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) will look to help the Mets swing momentum back in their favor while opposing Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito who will be making his Major League debut.
- Outfielder Juan Lagares is expected to begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with Double-A Binghamton in his return from a left thumb injury. Lagares who was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb earlier this month, is trying to play through his injury instead of opting for surgery. If Lagares were to get surgery on his thumb he would be out for up to two months. The Mets will keep a close eye on Lagares progress over the next few days to see how his thumb holds up while both hitting and fielding.
- Right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler came out feeling fine after long-tossing in Port St. Lucie today. Wheeler was originally shut down last week after experiencing some discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow and was diagnosed with nerve irritation which isn’t considered a serious aliment. Wheeler has since received a cortisone shot to relieve the discomfort and appears to be on track to continue his return to the big league roster. Wheeler is scheduled to return to the Mets after the All Star break but now it remains to be seen if his 2016 debut is pushed back after his recent hiccup.
New York Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert has heard from multiple Mets sources that Steven Matz is dealing with a bone spur in his left elbow. Matz who has been dealing with elbow discomfort over his past couple of starts has been cleared of any structrual damage with his throwing elbow by a doctor, but it appears he is dealing with a spur.
The 25-year old left-hander could certainly pitch through the injury and have surgery in the offseason, but it is all dependent on pain tolerance and whether that pain would impact his performance. The club could also opt to have Matz go under the knife immediately, but at that point he would be sidelined and unable to throw for six weeks.
No decision has been made by either Matz or the organization regarding his elbow, so we will be in wait and see mode over the next couple of days. It is certainly concerning however as Matz has shown vulnerability to injury over his brief stint with the Mets thus far, and you can imagine the Mets are going to do their due diligence before making a decision on the rookie left-hander. If Matz were to miss his start on Wednesday night you could expect either Logan Verrett or Sean Gilmartin to receive the start in his place.
- Cuban free agent third baseman Yulieski Gourriel held his private workout with the Mets today at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie. Gourriel who is widely regarded as the best player in Cuba, held a private workout with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. In 15 seasons played between Cuba and Japan, Gourriel has hit .335 with a .417 OBP, .580 slugging percentage and 250 HR in 5,491 plate appearances. Former teammate and current Met Yoenis Cespedes has heavily campaigned for the Mets to sign Gourriel. It is estimated that the 32-year old Cuban could ask for between $10-11 million annually, and it is unknown if the Mets will meet that price tag. Gourriel posted the picture above on his personal Instagram account today.
- The New York Mets are on the fence as to whether Steven Matz will make his next scheduled start on Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals. Matz who has been examined by a doctor, has no structural damage in the left elbow but is still feeling discomfort. You can imagine the Mets and manager Terry Collins are going to play it safe with their prized rookie left-hander, but we should know an exact status on Matz by tomorrow.
- Manager Terry Collins has indicated before tonight’s game that former shortstop now turned utility player, Jose Reyes will play his final game with the Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones tonight before moving his minor league assignment to Double-A Binghamton tomorrow. It is widely expected that Reyes will spend between 7-10 days in the minors working out at third base and in the outfield before making his return to the Major League roster. In Reyes first action yesterday for Brooklyn he played third base and went 0-3 at the plate with a walk. Reyes is expected to be inserted immediately into the leadoff spot upon his arrival to the Mets.
- In sort-of related Mets news, the Washington Nationals announced that right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito will be recalled from Double-A tomorrow night to face the Mets. Giolito is expected to replace Stephen Strasburg while he is on the disabled list. Giolito is widely regarded as the number one prospect in baseball and is ranked as the number one overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com. The Mets however have faced their fair share of high-end rookie pitchers this year including facing the number two prospect in baseball, Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias.