Written by Kenneth Teape (@teapester725)
Thursday, May 5th, 2014
New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs
Post Game Recap
Winning Pitcher: Justin Grimm (2-2, 3.29 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Vic Black (1-1, 1.17 ERA)
Save: Neil Ramirez (1, 0.68 ERA)
The Mets once again struggled to hit with runners in scoring position and on base in general, as they were swept by the Cubs for the first time since 2004. This is the first series sweep of the season for Cubs, who came into the series with the worst record in the National League. All of the momentum that the Mets had built taking four of five games from the Philadelphia Phillies last weekend is out the window, as they performed poorly against the Cubs. Some players were quoted as saying the team was tired, but they didn’t perform anywhere near the level they are capable of.
Today the Mets fell in an early hole, as starter Jacob deGrom had his least impressive start of the season. deGrom labored through five innings, surrendering four runs on five hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts.
The player who actually gave deGrom the most problems was his counterpart on the mound, Travis Wood. Wood launched his second homer of the season in the second inning to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. He extended that lead even more in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout that scored Darwin Barney.
On the mound Wood was not stellar, but he got the job done. He tossed five innings, surrendering only two runs but struggling at times with his command, walking five Mets and allowing four hits with three strikeouts.
The Mets were once again unable to take advantage of ducks on the pond, as Wood put plenty of people on the base paths. Tonight the Mets left 11 men on base, as their hitting woes really hurt them throughout the whole series against the Cubs. The Mets failed to score with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and could not score with runners on second and third in the fifth inning with two outs.
The Mets, though, were able to mount a comeback in the sixth and seventh innings. Ruben Tejada and Chris Young each registered RBI singles in the sixth and Andrew Brown hit his second home run of the season in the seventh to tie things up.
Unfortunately, the bullpen was unable to hold the lead for long, as Vic Black surrendered a bomb to Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the seventh and the Cubs never looked back. They tacked on another two runs in the eighth inning when Junior Lake tripled in Emilio Bonifacio and Barney off Jenrry Mejia.
Things will not get any easier for the Mets, as they continue their road trip to San Francisco to take on the red-hot Giants. The Giants are an MLB-best 39-21 right now, the exact opposite type of roll the Mets are on. The Mets will face the three best pitchers the Giants have, as Matt Cain (1-3, 3.66 ERA) will take the mound against Jon Niese (3-3, 2.69 ERA).