Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Hector Rondon (1-1, 1.52 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Scott Rice (1-2, 5.40 ERA)
The Mets suffered a gut-wrenching loss Tuesday evening in Chicago, as the Cubs had a walk off victory by a score of 2-1. The Mets had countless opportunities to knock the Cubs out of the game for good, but were unable to make the most of them once again, a trend that is becoming troubling for this team. Once again poor base running and the inability to hit with runners on base doomed the Mets, as all the momentum built from a successful weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies is now out the door.
The offense tonight once again was very disappointing for the Mets. After a Curtis Granderson sac fly scored Matt den Dekker in the first inning, they were unable to score the remainder of the game. The Mets left 10 players on base for the night, including bases loaded, no out situation in the third inning.
Daniel Murphy’s brain cramps continue to hurt the Mets performances. Tonight in the third inning he should have easily scored on a Granderson single, but was indecisive on the base paths and held up at third base. The Mets would not be able to get him across the plate, even though they had the bases loaded with no outs. It is the inability to get any runs out of situations like that that the Mets find themselves struggling to score runs.
The Mets inability to push runs across the plate ruined another stellar start from Zack Wheeler. Wheeler finally looks to be settling in, as he tossed his second consecutive gem and third strong start in a row for the Mets after having a rough patch in the middle of May when his control abandoned him.
Tonight Wheeler mowed down the Cubs through 6.2 innings, surrendering only two hits and one walk while striking out seven. His ERA now sits at a much nicer looking 3.89 as he continues to turn around his season. Wheeler getting things going will help the Mets turn around their season.
After a long weekend in Philly, the Mets bullpen struggled to get the job done tonight. Josh Edgin surrendered the tying run in the eighth inning, surrendering a home run to lefty-hitting Chris Coghlan, the former rookie of the year with the then Florida Marlins. Scott Rice then blew the game in the ninth, surrendering hits to two lefties as Anthony Rizzo led off with a single and Nate Schierholtz knocked in the winning run two batters later.
The Mets will look to get back on track tomorrow night, as Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 2.45 ERA) will be moving back into the starting rotation to take on Edwin Jackson (3-5, 4.81 ERA) of the Cubs.