Hendricks Shuts Down Mets Offense in Cubs 2-0 Win

The final game between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs featured a pitcher’s duel between two sinkerballers. Marcus Stroman took the mound for the Mets and Kyle Hendricks was on the mound for the Cubs. Hendricks was the better pitcher as he shut out the Mets and led the Cubs to a 2-0 victory.

Hendricks allowed a double in each of the first two innings but settled in for six shutout innings and seven strikeouts. He never hit 90 mph on the radar gun, and he did not need to. Hendricks worked hitters inside with his sinker and cutter combination, then had them flailing at his changeup all night. He combined with the bullpen to retired the last 17 Mets who came up to the plate.

Stroman also had a terrific start as he pitched seven innings, striking out eight, but the one blemish was Javier Baez‘s two-run homer. Baez’s home run gave the Cubs all the runs they needed, and it was the only offense of the game for either team. Since the Cubs rested their best relievers in their three losses, they were ready to go to help avoid the sweep. The Cubs also scored all of their runs of the series on home runs, which is why their offense struggled mightily.

The silver lining from the game is Trevor May providing back-to-back strong outings. There are three doubleheaders in the next ten days, and the Mets will need him for a lot of big innings. The Mets head to Washington to face the Nationals for a four-game series which starts on Friday. Joey Lucchesi will start for the Mets against Erick Fedde for a 7:05 p.m. ET start from Nationals Park.

Mets Game Preview: (6/17/21) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-30)

New York Mets, Luis Rojas

The New York Mets play their final game against the Chicago Cubs as they attempt to complete a sweep. If the Mets can pull it off, it will be their first four-game sweep of the Cubs since the 2016 season. Just like the first three games, Thursday’s matchup is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field on another beautiful night.

Pitching has carried the Mets to plenty of victories at home, and it has done the same for the first three games. They have allowed just seven runs in the series to drop their home ERA to 3.12, the best mark in baseball. Last night’s victory pushed the Mets to 10 games over .500 for the first time this season and the first time since the final day of the 2019 season. Edwin Diaz has been a big reason for their success and has been lights out since his blown save on June 1. In the following six outings, Diaz has pitched 5.2 innings, allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out nine.

The home team has won all six games of the season series, and the Cubs hope to end the streak. Their offense has become reliant on the home run, which has been responsible for every run they have driven in during the series. Kris Bryant is unlikely to return to the lineup after resting his bruised hand in Wednesday’s game. Even without Bryant, the Cubs have to take advantage of the Mets bullpen after they pitched six innings the previous night.

Pitching Matchup

The electric Marcus Stroman gets the task of trying to complete the sweep for the Mets. Stroman has been terrific this season with a 2.33 ERA in 13 starts, the 13th best in baseball. He also enjoys pitching at Citi Field, where his ERA is 1.88, and he has only allowed one home run. Stroman pitched 6.1 innings in his last start, with one run allowed, and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts against the San Diego Padres.

Kyle Hendricks starts for the Cubs and is beginning to find his way after an ugly first month of his season. He had a 7.54 ERA in April but bounced back to have a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts. Throughout the season, his problem has been home runs with 19 allowed, which is the highest number in baseball.

Matchup To Lookout For

Kyle Hendricks vs. Jose Peraza: 6-for-19 (.313), Double, Walk, 3 Strikeouts

deGrom Leaves Early With Shoulder Soreness in Mets 6-3 Win Over Cubs

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets got their third straight victory over the Chicago Cubs, but it came with another Jacob deGrom injury scare. deGrom left his start after just three innings with shoulder soreness, but the bullpen stepped up to finish off the rest of the game and secure the win. Ironically, the Mets gave deGrom plenty of run support in the 6-3 victory.

deGrom pitched three perfect innings with eight strikeouts, including his final pitch at 100 mph. Unfortunately, shoulder soreness became the fourth ailment of his season. It is the second consecutive start where deGrom left with an arm issue and sparked the question of whether he needs time off. The Mets cannot keep having him throw shortened starts or continue to pitch without being at 100%. They will need deGrom healthy if they want any shot at winning a World Series.

Hot Offense

The Mets only had five hits but made sure they all counted. Kevin Pillar led the way with a solo home run and an RBI double, and Dominic Smith also homered for the second time in the series. Before he left the game, deGrom also added another RBI single to drive his average up to .423. They also got away with another lackluster night with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-9.

The Mets bullpen cruised through the game, allowing just one run until the ninth inning. Drew Smith allowed a two-run homer in the ninth, which led to Edwin Diaz coming in to complete a one-out save. The Cubs’ offense relied on the home run as it accounted for all three runs, and it has gotten them all their runs in the series. They also struck out at least ten times for the second straight game.

The Mets aim for a sweep of the Cubs as two sinker specialists take the mound for the final game of the series. Kyle Hendricks faces Marcus Stroman for a final 7:10 p.m. start from Citi Field.

Mets Game Preview: (6/16/21) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-29)

The New York Mets look to make it three straight wins over the Chicago Cubs as they send their ace to the mound. In their season series, the home team has taken all five games. The first pitch from Citi Field is set for another 7:10 p.m. ET, and it will be another beautiful night in Flushing.

Pitching and defense have been the name of the game for the Mets in their first two victories. They held the Cubs to just two runs in both games and put their defense on display during the ninth inning on Tuesday. Kevin Pillar, Luis Guillorme, and James McCann combined to gun down the tying run at home plate. It helped drag Seth Lugo through a strenuous ninth inning where he picked up his first save of the season. Lugo threw 37 pitches in the two-inning effort, which should keep him out of commission for the next two games.

The Cubs’ offense has been all or nothing during the first couple of games. All four runs have come on three home runs, and at one point, 17 straight Cubs were retired last night. Their offense took another hit when Kris Bryant had to leave the game early after getting hit on the hand with a pitch. His X-Rays came back negative, but they will take it day by day as hand injuries are very delicate ones to handle.

Pitching Matchup

Jacob deGrom and his 0.56 ERA take the mound to continue his historic start to the season. The Mets ace leads all of baseball with his 0.56 ERA, 0.53 WHIP, and .121 batting average against. He left his last start early with an elbow issue, but deGrom was confident about making his next start. He pitched six innings in his previous start against the San Diego Padres, allowing one hit and striking out ten. deGrom has not thrown over 90 pitches in any start since April.

Robert Stock makes his Cubs debut and his first start in the big leagues. Stock started in Triple-A, where he had a 4.12 ERA in nine games (two starts). The Cubs are high on his potential as Stock can reach triple digits with his fastball, uses his slider for righties and the changeup to get left-handers out.

Matchups To Lookout For

Jacob deGrom vs. Kris Bryant: 6-for-17 (.353), Double, 2 Home Runs, 2 Walks, 7 Strikeouts

Jacob deGrom vs. Anthony Rizzo: 10-for-23 (.435), Double, Home Run, 2 Walks, 4 Strikeouts

Jacob deGrom vs. Jason Heyward: 9-for-27 (.333), Double, Walk, 4 Strikeouts

Walker Strikes Out a Dozen in Mets 3-2 Win Over Cubs

Taijuan Walker has been the steal of the offseason for the New York Mets and had another fantastic start. He struck out 12 to take a second straight game from the Chicago Cubs by a score of 3-2. Walker’s previous season-high was nine strikeouts, and he blew right past that for his sixth victory of the season.

Early in his start, Walker did not look like he had the best command of his pitches. Walker immediately had a first and second, then bases-loaded jam in the first inning but struck out three to survive the inning. From that point, Walker slowly started to get himself in a grove and found command of all pitches. His best weapon was his two-seam fastball which drew flashbacks to Bartolo Colon. Walker dominated for seven innings, a dozen strikeouts, and just two runs allowed, which came on a Javier Baez homer.

Thank You Willie

Walker retired the last 12 batters he faced, then passed the baton over to Seth Lugo. He recorded his first two-inning save since last August by working a perfect eighth and an extremely hectic ninth. Lugo received help from Cubs’ third base coach Willie Harris who crazily sent Jake Marisnick to get thrown out at home plate on Eric Sogard‘s double. This game was a prime example of how dangerous the Mets pitching staff has become. Their number three starter led their way while their second closer came into shut the door.

The Mets’ offense was not at their best tonight. They had plenty of chances to tack on to the lead throughout the game but went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left ten on base. Pete Alonso carried the load on offense with three RBIs, two coming on a single and the lead one with a sacrifice fly. Jonathan Villar also had a strong game with two hits, including a double.

Jacob deGrom returns to the mound to build upon his historic season after dealing with elbow issues. Robert Stock makes his Cubs debut, and first MLB start in game three of the series. The first pitch is once again scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field.

Mets Game Preview: (6/15/21) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-28)

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series after the Mets took the opening matchup. The victory broke the Cubs’ five-game winning streak, and it broke a seven-game losing streak in home games against the Cubs. Game two is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field.

The Mets starting pitching was already great this season, and David Peterson‘s strong start made them look even better. Their 2.72 ERA, .205 average against, and 26 home runs allowed are the best in all of baseball. Of course, it helps when Jacob deGrom is part of the group, but it takes an entire group to put together the tremendous numbers they have. The whole pitching staff has been even better for home games where they have a 2.01 ERA and allowed just 14 home runs.

Cubs shortstop Javy Baez expects to return to the lineup after missing the last couple of games with a thumb issue. Baez was able to pinch-hit in Monday’s game which gives hope to the rest of the lineup. The Cubs only managed three hits last night, and two of them were home runs. Baez would bring back a power/speed threat the lineup is lacking.

Pitching Matchup

Taijuan Walker makes his 12th start of the season and has been brilliant for the Mets. In 61 innings, he has a 2.07 ERA with 60 strikeouts and has allowed just two home runs. Walker had his best start of the season against the Baltimore Orioles, where he pitched seven innings, allowing one run and struck out nine. He had his worst start against the Cubs, where he lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned), and walked six.

Alec Mills makes a spot start after spending 13 of 14 games as a reliever. Mills has a no-hitter to his name but has struggled in 2021. He has a 6.08 ERA in 23.2 innings, with four home runs allowed. Mills has allowed runs in his last five innings out of the bullpen and has not thrown more than 57 pitches in any game this season.

Matchups To Lookout For

Alec Mills vs. Jose Peraza: 3-for-9 (.333), Double, 3 Strikeouts

Taijuan Walker vs. Joc Pederson: 7-for-17 (.412), 2 Doubles, Home Run, Walk, 4 Strikeouts

Taijuan Walker vs. Eric Sogard: 3-for-10 (.300), Walk, Strikeout

Peterson Delivers Six Shutout Innings in Mets 5-2 Win Over Cubs

New York Mets, David Peterson

The series opener for the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs had plenty of reasons why the Cubs should have won. They had won five straight, Jake Arrieta normally pitches well against the Mets, and David Peterson had been dreadful over his last two starts. Nevertheless, Peterson managed to bounce back to put together a terrific start to lead the Mets to a 5-2 victory.

Peterson pitched with confidence and like he had something to prove throughout the night. It was evident when he reached back for a 96 mph fastball to strike out Kris Bryant in the first inning. Peterson went back to attacking hitters instead of hoping the hitters make weak contact. In six strong innings, he allowed one hit and struck out three on 73 pitches. The strong start dropped his ERA to 5.60 after it was up over six heading into the night.

Arrieta had a career 3.03 ERA against the Mets and lived up to it through the first three innings. After holding the Mets hitless, they broke out against him in the fourth inning. James McCann opened up the scoring with an RBI single, and Kevin Pillar made it a crooked number with his two-run double. Dominic Smith finished off Arrieta in the fifth with his solo home run into the black painted area behind the center field fence.

Confidence in the Matchup

Manager Luis Rojas Smith batted Smith third despite being in an 0-for-20 slump which was a questionable move. Rojas trusted Smith’s 7-for-16 against Arrieta, and the Mets benefitted greatly. Brandon Drury drove in the fifth run with his pinch-hit single in the sixth inning. Drury is now 4-for-8 as a pinch hitter this season.

Trevor May was handed a 5-0 lead to protect in the fifth inning in hopes of working out of his pitching slump. Unfortunately, May struggled once again by allowing back-to-back home runs to Anthony Rizzo and Patrick WisdomMay has seen his ERA jumped from 1.83 to 4.57 over the last month. Luckily, it was all the offense the Cubs had on the night. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 13th save of the year.

Taijuan Walker faces Alec Mills in game two of the four-game series from Citi Field. The first pitch is scheduled for another 7:10 p.m. ET start.

Mets Game Preview: (6/14/21) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-27)

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs begin a very important four-game series for both teams at Citi Field. Both teams took two out of three from the San Diego Padres over the past week, and the Cubs have won five consecutive games. The first pitch for game one is set for 7:05 p.m. ET from Flushing, Queens.

The Mets are almost halfway through the month and have a respectable 6-5 record and have kept their lead in first place. Francisco Lindor is back to playing like a superstar with a .310 batting average and .571 slugging percentage during June. Pete Alonso is also hot at the plate with a .325 average and .575 slugging to lead the offense with Lindor. Sean Reid-Foley is expected to join a suddenly weakened Mets bullpen. He has allowed just three runs in 13.2 innings pitched this season.

The Cubs have gone 8-4 during June, and Craig Kimbrel has been a significant reason for their success this season. Kimbrel is back to being the game’s best closer by striking out 45 in 27.1 innings and has allowed just two earned runs all season. He has also severely limited his walks to just three per nine innings pitched. Patrick Wisdom has been a pleasant surprise for the Cubs. Over 19 games, he has a .327 batting average and eight home runs. Before 2021, Wisdom had four career home runs in 43 games.

Pitching Matchup

David Peterson looks to wipe the slate from an ugly season. He has struggled severely over his last two starts by allowing nine runs in just three innings pitched. Overall, Peterson has a 6.32 ERA, and 1.51 WHIP over 11 starts this season. The Cubs gave him trouble earlier this season when they put up six runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings.

Jake Arrieta faces a familiar foe as he takes on the Mets for the 18th time in his career. He was great in his last outing against the Padres where he held them to one run over five innings. Arrieta did the same thing against the Mets earlier this season and has a 3.03 career ERA against them.

Matchups To Lookout For

Jake Arrieta vs. Dominic Smith: 7-for-16 (.438), 2 Doubles, Home Run, 2 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Jake Arrieta vs. Kevin Pillar: 6-for-15 (.400), 2 Doubles, Walk, 2 Strikeouts

Mets Offense Chokes in Extra Innings During 4-3 Loss

New York Mets, Edwin Diaz

The “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field were quite the opposite for the New York Mets as they dropped all three games to the Chicago Cubs. Unlike their 16-4 loss the previous night, the Mets a great chance to win this game. They had a runner on third with no outs and bases loaded with one out in the 10th but failed to take the lead. In the bottom half, the Cubs took advantage of their based loaded opportunity to win 4-3 and complete the sweep.

Jason Heyward played the hero with an RBI single, which showed the Mets how simple it is to drive in a run with the bases loaded. When the Mets had an opportunity to take the lead, Jeff McNeil struck out, and Dominic Smith grounded into a double play to foil any opportunity to win the game. The Mets went just 1-for-7 w/RISP, left eight runners on base, and are hitting .190 w/RISP.

Joey Lucchesi struggled again as he lasted just three innings and allowed the same amount of runs. Sean Reid-Foley was stellar in his Mets debut by throwing three perfect innings with four strikeouts. Reid-Foley set the tone for a Mets bullpen that was terrific all night. Trevor May followed with a scoreless seventh, then Aaron Loup and Miguel Castro combined to work around a leadoff triple in the eighth. Edwin Diaz sent the game to extra innings but allowed the bases-loaded single to take the loss.

Get The Offense Going

If you search synonyms for the word “bad,” you will find many words to describe the Mets offense. Pete Alonso did homer for the second straight game, but he was the only somewhat hot hitter in the lineup. J.D. Davis tied the game in the seventh with a pinch double after getting a night off from playing the field. Davis is 8-for-18 to begin the season and should return to the lineup on Friday because they desperately need his bat despite his struggling defense.

Despite the sweep and falling back to .500, the Mets are still tied for first place. While there is never a guarantee to win with Jacob deGrom on the mound, they will have the opportunity to take advantage of his greatness when he starts on Friday. Erick Fedde pitches for the Washington Nationals, who make their first trip to Citi Field for the 7:10 p.m. start.

Mets Game Preview: (4/22/21) @ Chicago Cubs (8-9)

New York Mets, Luis Rojas

The New York Mets look to rebound from their 16-4 loss against the Chicago Cubs and take the final game of the three-game series at Wrigley Field. After making four errors on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas opts to add defense into the lineup for Thursday night’s game.

Luis Guillorme takes over the leadoff spot as Brandon Nimmo is still nursing a hip injury. Guillorme also gets the start at third base, which is a major upgrade from the defense of J.D. Davis. Jeff McNeil also gets a night off for the switch-hitting Jonathan Villar, who is playing second base. With Kevin Pillar in center field, this is a major upgrade for their team defense, especially with a contact pitcher on the mound.

The Mets also made a move before the game to bring up Sean Reid-Foley and send Trevor Hildenberger to the alternate site. Hildenberger allowed a grand slam to Javier Baez during last night’s loss. We should not expect to see Reid-Foley unless another blowout occurs in tonight’s game.

Pitching Matchups

Joey Lucchesi makes his second start with the Mets after a bumpy first start in Colorado. Lucchesi allowed three runs in the same amount of innings and was limited in the number of pitches he was allowed to throw. After burning through their bullpen in the first two games, Lucchesi should get more of a leash from Rojas tonight.

Trevor Williams takes the mound for the Cubs and has sandwiched one bad start between two good ones. He held the Atlanta Braves to just one run in five innings pitched and worked around seven base runners. Williams comes into the night with a 5.02 ERA in 14.1 innings during the young season.

Matchups To Lookout For

Joey Lucchesi vs. Javier Baez: 5-for-6 (.833), 2 Doubles, 2 Home Runs

Joey Lucchesi vs. David Bote: 4-for-5 (.800), 2 Doubles, Strikeout

Trevor Williams vs. Michael Conforto: 4-for-11 (.364), Double, Home Run, Walk, Strikeout