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 New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs this afternoon by the score of 8-1, in their final game of the spring. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Steven Matz pitched 5 innings of no hit ball, walking 2 and striking out 6. He also went 1-1 at the plate this afternoon.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a clean 9th inning, striking out the side in order.
- Antonio Bastardo had his best inning of the spring, only allowing 1 hit, no runs, and a strikeout.
- Yoenis Cespedes went 1-1 with a solo HR and a walk.
- Michael Conforto was 1-2 with a run scored.
- Travis d’Arnaud was 1-3 with a run scored.
- Ty Kelly was 1-1 with a 3-run home run.
- T.J. Rivera was 2-3 with a solo HR and a double.
- The Mets finish the spring with an 8-17-5 record.
The Mets played a great game this afternoon against the Cubs to conclude their 2016 Spring Training Campaign. I’m excited for Sunday Night, as many Mets fans are, and I can’t wait to see what this season holds for the Mets. I can’t remember the team having these high of expectations, since 2007. The roster heading into the season is very versatile and it’s tough to point to a glaring weakness on this year’s team, although the jury is still out on the bullpen, besides Familia. Terry Collins stated he could care less about Spring Training record’s as they could go either 1-21 or 21-1 and it wouldn’t mean anything, which is indeed true. I’ve tried not to get too high or too low on any particular performance this spring as the results mean nothing. The Mets head into this season healthy and confident they can win it all, and I share those same feelings of confidence. Let’s play ball y’all!
- The Mets open the 2016 season Sunday night in Kansas City against the defending champion Kansas City Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 8:37 pm et and can be seen on ESPN.
- Matt Harvey will get the ball for the Mets on Opening Night, and tote the rubber against Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez.
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P
SP: Steven Matz LHP
1. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Jorge Soler (R) LF
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) C
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Matt Szczur (R) CF
9. Jason Hammel (R) P
SP: Jason Hammel RHP
- Today’s game can be seen on WGN or MLB.tv if you have a subscription.
LHP STEVEN MATZ: Will make his sixth appearance and fifth start this spring today…In his last start he allowed one hit and one run over 5.2 innings vs. Washington on March 27…
VIVA LAS VEGAS: This season will mark the fourth year that the Las Vegas 51s serve as the Mets Triple-A affiliate…Notable 51s alumni include Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, Steven Matz and Wilmer Flores…Wally Backman will manage the 51s again this season… Former Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola will be the pitching coach and Jack Voigt will be the hitting coach… The Mets are making their third appearance at Cashman Field…New York’s last played in Las Vegas in 2014 when they also took on the Cubs.
MEET ME IN KANSAS CITY: The Mets will open the 2016 season on national television on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on April 3 at 8:37 p.m. (ET)… RHP Matt Harvey has been named the team’s Opening Day starter…RHP Edinson Volquez will start the Opener for the Royals…RHP Noah Syndergaard will start the second game of the year on Tuesday, April 5…He will be opposed by RHP Ian Kennedy.
ATTENDANCE: The Mets averaged 6,897 fans over 14 dates in Port St. Lucie…It was the second largest average attendance in Port St. Lucie history over its 29-year history…Only 1988, the first year in PSL, averaged more (7,187 over 13 dates).
The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets this evening in Las Vegas by the final score of 5-1. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Lucas Duda was 3-4 with a double, and an RBI single.
- David Wright was 1-4 with a run scored.
- Kevin Plawecki was 2-3, with 2 base hits.
- Las Vegas native Paul Sewald received the start and pitched solid 3 innings, allowing no runs, on 1 hit, with 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.
- Chase Bradford was charged with the loss, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) over 3 hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
- Erik Goeddel allowed a run on 2 hits, with a walk and a strikeout in an inning of work.
- Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning only allowing a hit, with one strikeout.
- The Mets winless streak has increased to 14 games.
- The Mets have scored only 2 runs in their last 33 innings.
- The Mets conclude their spring schedule with one more game against the Chicago Cubs in Las Vegas tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm et and can be seen on WGN or MLB.tv if you have a subscription.
- Steven Matz will start the final game of the spring for the Mets, against Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel.
There are certain players that I have not grown fond of the Mets facing over the past several seasons, and I tend to call them Mets killers. These individual players are always having success against the Mets no matter how their individual season is going. What is even more frustrating is for the life of me I can’t figure out ways to get them out sometimes or I know the inevitable is about to happen in a high leverage situation. I listed some notable Mets killers on the season schedule this season that the Mets will be facing. I have provided stats for each player against the Mets and how those statistics translate to other teams in the league. To qualify for the list each player has to have played in at least 20 games against the Mets, and some teams have multiple players included on the list. Pictured is the all-time Met killer Chipper Jones, because nobody would be more appropriate to headline this article, right? Continue reading