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Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Cubs 2:20 pm et.

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New York Mets (50-43):

1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Michael Conforto (L) LF
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (8-4, 3.11 ERA)

Chicago Cubs (56-37):

1. Ben Zobrist (S) RF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Willson Contreras (R) LF
5. Jason Heyward (L) CF
6. Addison Russell (R) SS
7. Miguel Montero (L) C
8. Javier Baez (R) 2B
9. Kyle Hendricks (R) P

SP: Kyle Hendricks RHP (8-6 2.41 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY and ESPN.

Game Notes:

METS-CUBS NOTES: The Mets are 7-19 at Wrigley Field since 2008…The Mets have won nine of their last 10 match- ups vs. the Cubs (including the postseason)…New York snapped an eight-game regular season losing streak at Wrigley Field with last night’s 2-1 win…It was the second-longest losing streak at Wrigley Field in team history.

DAY GAMES: New York is 18-11 in day games (7-6 on the road)…The Mets have a .621 winning percentage in day games which ranks fourth in the majors…The Mets lead the majors with a 2.71 team ERA during the day.

ONE-RUN GAMES: The Mets are 19-11 in one-run games (8-6 on the road) this year…The .633 winning percentage in one-run decisions ranks sixth in the majors.

CLOSING TIME: Jeurys Familia has 33 saves, the most in the majors…Is 33-33 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has a franchise record with 33 straight saves to open a season…Familia has hurled a career-high 17.0 scoreless innings with 17 strikeouts dating to June 8.

RECORD RUN: Familia has saved 49 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is the tied for the fourth-longest streak in major league history with John Axford…Familia has also set another franchise record with saves in each of his last 11 appearances.

COLON VS. CUBS: Bartolo Colón is 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA in eight games (seven starts) versus the Cubs (seven regular season starts, one postseason relief appearance)….He has struck out 26 and walked 21…His only career regular season victory against the Cubs came in his last start against them on July 2…Colón pitched 6.0 innings and gave up two runs, earned, on four hits and struck out five and walked three…Colon was the winning pitcher in the Mets clinching Game 4 of the NLCS vs. the Cubs…He worked 1.1 scoreless innings of relief as the Mets won, 8-3.

METS VS. HENDRICKS: Kyle Hendricks has made 2 career starts against the Mets and holds a 2-0 record with a 0.69 ERA…He has struck out nine and walked three in 13 career innings…Notable numbers against the 26-year old right hander are provided below…

  • Kelly Johnson: .500 (1-2), 1 RBI, 1 K
  • Jose Reyes: .333 (1-3)
  • Curtis Granderson: .167 (1-6), 1 K
  • Juan Lagares: .000 (0-5)
  • Wilmer Flores: .000 (0-4)
  • Travis d’Arnaud: .000 (0-3)

Final Recap: Mets 2 – Cubs 1

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The New York Mets (50-43) defeated the Chicago Cubs (56-37) tonight by the final score of 2-1. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Rene Rivera had the clutch hit tonight with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 9th. He finished the night 3-4.
  • Jose Reyes went 1-4 with a triple and a run scored.
  • Curtis Granderson was 0-3 with a sacrifice fly.
  • Noah Syndergaard went 5.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 7 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 8.
  • Jeurys Familia converted his league leading 33rd save.

Wow. What. A. Game. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now after how the bottom of the ninth inning unfolded. Jeurys Familia completed a Houdini act tonight after loading the bases with no outs. Familia who was struggling with finding the strike zone provided the Cubs with two walks, and Jose Reyes misplayed a ball which was going foul to allow the Cubs a chance to steal a win from the Mets tonight. With no outs, Familia got pinch-hitter Matt Szczur to ground into a force out at home plate due to a great stop by first baseman James Loney. Familia then got Kris Bryant to ground out into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game. Reyes redeemed himself on that final double play and an energized Familia was able to exhale after throwing a stressful 22 pitches. 

Rene Rivera came up huge for the Mets tonight with the go-ahead RBI single off of Cubs closer Hector Rondon in the top of the ninth inning. With a tied ballgame and two outs with runners on second and first base, Rivera punched a first pitch fastball into right field which allowed Neil Walker to score from second base and put the Mets ahead. In what was a common theme tonight with the Mets struggling to produce runs with runners in scoring position, Rivera saved the Mets tonight with a rare base knock in that situation.

I didn’t agree with Collins pinch-hitting options tonight, as he batted Alejandro De Aza with runners on first and second base in the top of the seventh, and Kelly Johnson with runners on first and third base in the top of the ninth. De Aza ended up striking out swinging and Johnson grounded out. I believe Collins should’ve used one of his two hot-hitting hitters in Wilmer Flores or Juan Lagares in those situations. But the Mets won so it’s all for naught. But the Mets are still a dreadful 3-33 with RISP since the All Star break which is an area they are going to have to continue to clean up if they want to contend. 

Noah Syndergaard looked great tonight as his fastball was constantly in the upper 90’s, even touching 100 mph early on in the game. The Cubs did get a few hits off of him which upped his pitch count, but he gutted it out tonight and put any worries about his arm to bed tonight with his performance. Syndergaard ended up throwing 105 pitches but did not lose any velocity as the game wore on. As I’ve said a million times, the All Star break could not have benefited the Mets staff at a better time and I believe we can relax and enjoy Thor’s performances going forward for the rest of the season. 

A couple of milestones occurred tonight as Jose Reyes hit his 100th career triple as a member of the Mets, which is a franchise record. Noah Syndergaard also reached 300 career strikeouts tonight in his 43rd career game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, both Syndergaard and Koji Uehara are the only pitchers with 50 or fewer walks at the time of their 300th strikeout since the pitcher’s mound was relocated to its current distance in 1893. What an incredible statistic, and it goes to show the great command as well as dominance that Syndergaard has possessed since his arrival in the Majors. 

  • The Mets and Cubs will play a matinee rubber game tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2:20 pm et. The Mets will wear 1986 road uniforms for the first time all season, and you can watch them in those great looking uni’s on SNY and ESPN.
  • Bartolo Colon (8-4, 3.11 ERA) will take the hill for the Mets and face Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (8-6, 2.41 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Cubs 7:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (49-43):

  1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
  2. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
  4. James Loney (L) 1B
  5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
  7. Michael Conforto (L) RF
  8. Rene Rivera (R) C
  9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (9-4, 2.56 ERA)

Chicago Cubs (56-36):

1. Tommy La Stella (L) 3B
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
5. Willson Contreras (R) LF
6. Jason Heyward (L) CF
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Miguel Montero (L) C
9. Jake Arrieta (R) P

SP: Jake Arrieta RHP (12-4, 2.68 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and ESPN.

Game Notes:

METS-CUBS NOTES: The Mets are 6-19 at Wrigley Field since 2008.

THE RETURN: Noah Syndergaard made his major league debut at Wrigley Field on May 12, 2015…He suffered the loss, allowing three runs over 5.1 innings while notching six strikeouts.

GRANDYMAN LOVES THE WINDY CITY: Curtis Granderson is batting .353 (18-51) with a .450 OBP, four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI over his last 15 games..Is batting .346 (18-52) during his career at Wrigley Field.

JEKYLL & HYDE: Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .313 (15-48) with five homers and seven RBI in 12 games in July…He is tied for third in the majors with five home runs this month..Is 0-for-his-last-28 with runners in scoring position dating to May 27 … His last hit with RISP came on May 23 at Washington.

WILMER!!: Wilmer Flores has six homers this month, tied for the major league lead with the Twins’ Max Kepler…Flores is hitting .351 (13-37) with 11 RBI in 12 games in July…Flores has four homers in his last seven games.

THOR VS. CUBS: Syndergaard is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in his career against Chicago (two regular season starts, one postseason start)…He’s struck out 24 and walked five.

METS VS. ARRIETA: In six career starts Arrieta has posted a 2-2 record with a 2.48 ERA against the Mets…He has struck out 36 and walked 10 in 40 innings…Picked up the loss back on July 2nd after going 5.1 innings and allowing 4 runs on 8 hits to the Mets…He struck out 4 and walked 2… Notable numbers against Arrieta are provided below…

  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .455 (5-11), 2 HR, 4 RBI’s
  • Curtis Granderson: .333 (10-30), 3 HR, 9 RBI’s
  • Jose Reyes: .333 (1-3), 1 RBI, 1 K
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .222 (2-9), 1 HR, 3 RBI
  • Neil Walker: .214 (6-28), 1 HR, 3 RBI

Final Recap: Cubs 5 – Mets 1

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The Chicago Cubs (56-36) defeated the New York Mets (49-43) tonight by the final score of 5-1. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Steven Matz picked up the loss tonight going 5 innings while allowing 4 runs on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 5.
  • Wilmer Flores was 2-4 with a solo HR.
  • Michael Conforto was 1-1 with a pinch hit single.
  • Seth Lugo pitched 2 perfect shutout innings in relief while striking out a batter.

Well the Mets aren’t going to beat the Cubs 11 times in a row, as the Cubs are a good ballclub and the Mets simply squandered multiple opportunities tonight to go ahead. The Mets had Cubs starter Jon Lester on the ropes multiple times tonight early on in the game and could not drive in a run. Neil Walker was also unable to come through with runners on in the top of the eighth inning. The Mets offense finished 0-7 with runners in scoring position tonight, an area they’ve struggled in all season and it’s significantly affected their record. If the Mets aren’t hitting multiple home runs a game they aren’t scoring, and it’s frustrating to figure out how they can’t manufacture runs without the long ball. The Mets are currently ranked dead last in the league with a .209 average with runners in scoring position. 

Terry Collins is going to have to also figure out a way to get Wilmer Flores more at bats, as all he has done over the past couple of weeks is rake. Word is that Jose Reyes is also learning how to play center field (like the Mets need another outfielder) but it may be helpful in getting both of their bats, as well as Reyes’ speed in the same lineup. Flores currently has six home runs this month, a number nobody else in the league has. Collins is going to need to be creative in getting him in the lineup until he stops hitting, as well as Michael Conforto who came up and got a base hit in his return to the Majors. Conforto is expected to get a start in left field tomorrow night with Cespedes in center field, and Granderson in right field. 

Steven Matz essentially lost the game on one pitch to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo who took him deep in the bottom of the third inning for a three-run homer. Rizzo turned on an 83 MPH changeup and took Matz’s pitch into the right center field seats. The Cubs would take a 3-0 lead, a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. To Matz’s credit it was a tough 10 pitch at-bat, and while Matz pitched admirably the rest of the night, that home run by Rizzo will stick out like a sore thumb for tonight’s loss. 

  • The Mets will attempt to take the second game of this three game series against the Cubs tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s night’s game on SNY and ESPN.
  • Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.56 ERA) will make his first start since his arm fatigue injury and square off with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta (12-4, 2.68 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Mets vs. Cubs 7:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (49-42):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P

SP: Steven Matz LHP (7-5, 3.38 ERA)

Chicago Cubs (55-36):

1. Javier Baez (R) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Willson Contreras (R) LF
5. Addison Russell (R) SS
6. Matt Szczur (R) RF
7. Albert Almora Jr. (R) CF
8. David Ross (R) C
9. Jon Lester (L) P

SP: Jon Lester LHP (9-4, 3.01 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and ESPN.

Game Notes:

METS-CUBS NOTES: The Mets are 6-18 at Wrigley Field since 2008… The Mets have won eight straight games vs. the Cubs (including the postseason – 4-0 in 2016 at Citi Field and 4-0 in the NLCS)…That ties the longest winning streak in team history vs. the Cubs, done two previous times, last, August 3-September 19, 1985.

ONE SHY: Jeurys Familia has saved 48 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is the fifth-longest streak in major league history…John Axford is fourth on the list with 49 straight saves.

ONE MORE RECORD: Familia has tied another franchise record with saves in each of his last 10 appearances…It’s the fifth time it’s occurred and first since Familia also did so, April 12-May 1, 2015.

HOT AS JULY: The Mets are averaging 5.15 runs per game in July, the second-most in the National League behind San Diego (5.39 runs per game)…New York has belted 28 homers this month to lead the majors.

FOUR OR MORE: The Mets are 38-7 when they score four or more runs and 11-35 when they plate three or fewer runs.

LAGARES LOVES LEFTIES: Juan Lagares is batting .333 (4-12) with one double, one triple, one homer and two RBI over his last four games…Lagares is hitting .279 (17-61) vs. lefthanders this year and has batted .279 (113-405) with nine homers vs. lefties during his career.

SLUGGIN’ ASDRUBAL: Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .318 (14-44) with five homers and seven RBI’s in 11 games in July…Cabrera hit his 13th home run of the year yesterday (88 games)…He had 15 home runs in 143 games last year with the Rays.

MATZ VS. CUBS: Has made two starts against the Cubs (one regular season, one postseason)… Received the no-decision in his lone regular season start against the Cubs…Pitched 5.1 innings, allowed three runs, earned, on seven hits in the Mets’ 4-3 win on June 30, Matz struck out six and walked three…Started the decisive Game 4 of the 2015 NLCS at Chicago and received the no- decision in the Mets’ 8-3 series clinching victory…Pitched 4.2 innings allowed one run, earned, on four hits, and struck out four and walked two.

METS VS. LESTER: Jon Lester holds a 2-1 record with a 6.05 ERA in four career starts against the Mets…He had the worst start of his career against the Mets back on July 3 at Citi Field… Lester allowed 8 runs on 9 hits in 1.1 innings pitched…It bumped Lester’s season ERA from 2.03 to 2.67…Notable numbers against Lester are provided below…

  • Travis d’Arnaud: .667 (2-3), 1 HR
  • Juan Lagares: .444 (4-9), 2 2B
  • Wilmer Flores: .400 (4-10), 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • Curtis Granderson: .306 (15-49), 3 HR, 8 RBI
  • Neil Walker: .300 (3-10), 1 RBI
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .259 (7-27), 2 RBI, 9 K
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .167 (3-18), 2 RBI, 5 K
  • Jose Reyes: .120 (3-25), 2 RBI

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).

Lineups & Game Notes: Cubs vs. Mets 1:10 pm et.

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Chicago Cubs (51-29):

1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Jason Heyward (L) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) RF
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Willson Contreras (R) LF
6. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
7. Javier Baez (R) SS
8. David Ross (R) C
9. Jon Lester (L) P
SP: Jon Lester LHP (9-3, 2.03 ERA)

 

New York Mets (43-37):

1. Juan Lagares (R) CF
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
6. James Loney (L) 1B
7. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (8-3, 2.49 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Game Notes:

CUBS-METS NOTES: New York has won three straight regular season games vs. the Cubs and seven straight (including postseason)…The Mets have won the first three games of this series…The last time New York swept Chicago in a four-game series was June 17-20, 1985 at Shea Stadium.

START WITH A BANG: The Mets have 18 homers in the first frame this year, tied with Houston for the most in the majors… The Mets have outscored their opponents 42-25 in the first inning this season.

YO: Yoenis Cespedes has four homers in his last seven games at Citi Field…Is hitting .349 (15-43) with three homers, four RBI and a .404 OBP over his last 11 games.

HIT EM’ IN THE SKY WALKER: Neil Walker connected on his 15th home run of the year last night…Walker had 16 home runs in 151 games with Pittsburgh last year…His career-high is 23 home runs set in 2014 with the Pirates…Walker is tied for second among major league second basemen with his 15 long balls.

HEY ROOK: Brandon Nimmo is 8-for-his-last-24 (.333) after going 0-4 in his major league debut on June 26 at Atlanta…He has four RBI and scored three times in his last three games.

LOCKDOWN: Jeurys Familia has 28 saves, the most in the majors…Is 28-28 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has a franchise record with 28 straight saves to open a season…Familia has saved 44 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record.

SYN-CITI: Noah Syndergaard has allowed four earned runs in his last 31.2 innings at Citi Field (1.14 ERA)…Overall, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA with three walks and 68 strikeouts at home this year.

THOR VS. CUBS: Has faced Chicago once in the regular season and once in the postseason (2015 NLCS)…He is 1-1 in his two starts, with a 3.27 ERA and has struck out 15 and walked five.

METS VS. LESTER: Jon Lester has made three career starts against the Mets and is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA…He has 18 strikeouts and 10 walks in 18 innings pitched against the Mets…Notable numbers against Lester are provided below…

  • Travis d’Arnaud: .667 (2-3), 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • Alejandro De Aza: .286 (4-14), 4 2B
  • Curtis Granderson: .277 (13-47), 2 2B, 2 HR
  • James Loney: .267 (4-15), 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .259 (7-27), 2 2B, 2 RBI
  • Neil Walker: .250 (2-8), 2 K
  • Wilmer Flores: .250 (2-8), 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .125 (2-16), 1 RBI
  • Kelly Johnson: .067 (1-15), 1 RBI, 2 BB

Final Recap: Mets 4 – Cubs 3

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The New York Mets (43-37) defeated the Chicago Cubs (51-29) by the final score of 4-3 tonight. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Neil Walker was 2-4 with a 2-run home run.
  • Travis d’Arnaud was 2-4 with a 2-run single.
  • Bartolo Colon pitched another solid game going 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 4.
  • Jeurys Familia converted his 28th save of the season and remains a perfect 28-28 in save opportunities this season.

The Mets put forth another solid performance tonight against the Chicago Cubs who are arguably the best team in baseball. The Mets offense was able to jump on Cubs starter Jake Arrieta early in the game with Neil Walker hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Travis d’Arnaud also had a clutch two-out single which found just enough grass to drop, that scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those would be all the runs the Mets would need tonight as the pitching held the Cubs to three runs, and the Mets improved their record to 32-7 on the season when they score four or more runs. 

Bartolo Colon went toe-to-toe with arguably the best pitcher in the National League in Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Colon disclosed after the game to reporters that he has been dealing with a sore left leg since a start against the Pirates back on June 16. With the way he has pitched over the past several weeks I don’t think anyone would’ve noticed, and it shouldn’t be much of an issue at all. Since May 23rd Colon has posted a 4-1 record with a 1.96 ERA, and he has not allowed more than two runs in any of those eight starts. Well done Mr. Colon!

The Mets have now won seven straight against the Cubs dating back to last season’s NLCS. What a great shift of momentum and morale this series has provided the Mets, and it could be an even bigger jolt to this club if they come out with a four-game sweep tomorrow afternoon. There isn’t a better pitcher for the Mets to have on the mound tomorrow than Noah Syndergaard to help bring out the brooms. Keep on believing Mets fans and let’s go Mets!

On a side note Juan Lagares was activated off the disabled list prior to tonight’s game, and reliever Seth Lugo was sent back down to AAA Las Vegas. Lugo pitched two scoreless innings in last night’s ballgame and should be back up again at some point in the season. Lagares is expected to be in tomorrow’s starting lineup against Cubs lefty Jon Lester. 

  • The Mets will go for the four game sweep of the Cubs tomorrow afternoon with a 1:10 pm et start time. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
  • Noah Syndergaard will look to bounce back after his last start (8-3, 2.49 ERA) against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (9-3, 2.03 ERA).

Lineups: Cubs vs. Mets 7:15 pm et.

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Chicago Cubs (51-28):

1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Jason Heyward (L) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Willson Contreras (R) LF
6. Miguel Montero (L) C
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Chris Coghlan (L) RF
9. Jake Arrieta (R) P
SP: Jake Arrieta RHP (12-2, 2.10 ERA)

 

New York Mets (42-37):

1. Brandon Nimmo (L) LF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (6-4, 2.86 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on FOX.

 

Yesterday’s Final Recap: Mets 10 – Cubs 2

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New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts as he crosses the plate after hitting a three-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 1, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The New York Mets (42-37) defeated the Chicago Cubs (51-28) last night by the final score of 10-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s.
  • Brandon Nimmo was 2-5 and hit his first career MLB home run which was a 3-run shot.
  • James Loney was 3-5 with a solo HR and a 2-run double.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-4 with a solo HR.
  • Jacob deGrom was solid for 5 rain-interrupted innings, giving up only 1 run on three hits. He walked 1 and struck out 7.

The Mets look to be regaining their swagger back. Two night’s ago behind a solid pitching performance they scrapped for runs by any means possible. Last night we saw the type of Mets club that had been dominating back in April. The Mets slugged a Citi Field record five home runs, and Jacob deGrom pitched a great game against one of the best offenses in baseball. The Mets bullpen followed with four innings of 1-run ball and never gave the Cubs much of a chance to make it a ballgame again. 

Brandon Nimmo has done nothing but become a jolt of energy in the Mets dugout over the past several days. Nimmo’s infectious smile and his grind it out approach have seemed to lighten the mood both on and off the field for the Mets. Nimmo is making a case to stay on this ballclub for the long run with the way he is swinging the bat and playing defense in the outfield. Let’s hope he can keep it up because the Mets will have two great sparkplugs on this team, with both Nimmo and the soon to be recalled Jose Reyes. 

This is as dominant of a win we have seen the Mets have lately, and it was a great way to turn the page on an uneven June and start a new chapter in July. Yes the Mets are still a season-high six games behind the Nationals, but this ballclub looks to be playing with a sense of urgency that seemed to be lacking over the past couple of weeks. The Mets just have to continue to take it game-by-game and if they can continue this run they have started, the Mets will certainly have their opportunities before the All-Star break to get revenge on the Nats. Let’s keep the momentum going into tonight and let’s go Mets!

  • The Mets and Cubs will do battle in the third game of their four game series tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm et. Tonight’s game can be seen on FOX.
  • The ageless wonder Bartolo Colon (6-4, 2.86 ERA) will toe the rubber against the best pitcher in the National League, Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (12-2, 2.10 ERA).