Dickey Hurt, Mets Mauled By Cubs 9-3

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Cubs 9, Mets 3: Snakebitten, Baby! Dickey Hurt, Mets Mauled By Cubs

On a day the New York Mets looked to recover from owner Fred Wilpon's silly batch of interviews in which he bashed his own ballclub and players by announcing the sale of a minority stake in franchise, the team went out and laid an egg against the Chicago Cubs losing 9-3.  To make matter worse, they fed into his "we're snakebitten, baby!" quote when starter R.A. Dickey was forced to leave the game in the third inning with a heel injury.

Rookie Pedro Beato took over for Dickey and turned in his second straight poor performance after a blistering start, surrendering four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks over just 1.1 innings of work to pick up his first loss.  Pat Misch wasn't any better, giving up three earned on four hits in his only inning.

The Mets offense had their chances all day but couldn't cash in.  They continued to struggle with runners in scoring position, going just 1-12, with the lone hit an RBI single off the bat of catcher Josh Thole.

Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano was far from perfect on the mound, but he got the job done.  He went six innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out five for his fifth victory of the season.  Zambrano had a day at the plate that rivaled any player in the Mets lineup.  The eccentric righty went 3-for-3 including an RBI single in the fourth that drove in the deciding run.

After showing some signs of life last week with three game winning streak, the Mets have dropped four of five and have to come home to face the first-place Phillies who have won six of their last nine.

The series represents the start of a season-long 10-game home stand and kicks off Friday night at 7:10pm when Chris Capuano (3-5) faces off against Roy Oswalt (3-2).


Final - 5.26.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 9 2
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 4 2 1 1 1 X 9 17 3
WP: Carlos Zambrano (5 - 2)
LP: Pedro Beato (1 - 1)

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Mets At Cubs: Dickey Looks To Build Off Of Last Outing

On a day in which there is actually positive financial news to report, the New York Mets will look to win the series against the Chicago Cubs, after last night's rain-shortened 7-4 victory. R.A. Dickey will be on the mound and he'll be opposed by Carlos Zambrano.

Dickey's knuckleball was quite possibly the best it's been all year in his last game against the New York Yankees, a six-inning outing in which he allowed one earned run and struckout six. With a 2-5 record, 4.71 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, it's apparent that he hasn't had the easiest go of it this season, but the Mets need him to repeat that performance more often if they want to take strides to the .500 mark, as they're two games back right now.

Zambrano has a 4-2 record on the year, with a 4.88 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Usually with him, you get either a really good outing or a really terrible one, and this year most of them have left something to be desired. What's certain though is that he's far from the pitcher he was five years ago -- his velocity has greatly diminished and he's now relying much more on a cutter because of this. He is 5-3 with a 3.52 ERA in his career against the Mets.

The importance of winning this series cannot be understated because the Mets are about to start a three-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies tomorrow.


Current Series

3 game series vs Cubs @ Wrigley Field

Tue 05/24 WP: Ryan Dempster (3 - 4)
LP: Jon Niese (3 - 5)
1 - 11 loss
Wed 05/25 WP: Dillon Gee (4 - 0)
LP: Casey Coleman (2 - 4)
7 - 4 win

New York Mets
@ Chicago Cubs

Thursday, May 26, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

R.A. Dickey vs Carlos Zambrano

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from center field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 50.

 

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Mets At Cubs: Gee Looks To Snap Mets' Three-Game Slide

The best way to forget all the off-the-field nonsense, is to just place baseball, right? Well that would be the solution had the New York Mets actually played to a professional level last night against the Chicago Cubs ... however, that was not the case -- sloppy fielding, poor pitching and basically no hitting (and a possible injury to boot!) led to a 11-1 loss

The Mets said all the right things before the game -- basically that they need no motivation to go out on the field and compete and that their owner's comments will not change their attitudes, but they didn't execute it on the field.

Wednesday night they'll look to forget whatever they showed in the first game of the series as Dillon Gee takes the mound against left-hander Casey Coleman, as the Mets have now lost three straight games.

Gee tossed the game of his life in his last start, no-hitting the Nationals into the sixth inning, while ultimately throwing 7 2/3 innings and allowing five hits and no earned runs. With some of the rotation being very inconsistent, Gee has been a pleasant surprise, as the Mets have won every start he's been involved in this season. He's not overpowering but he keeps the team in the game, and shows a great understanding of the art of pitching.

Coleman is a 23-year-old rookie who is 2-3 on the year, with a 6.03 ERA and 1.89 WHIP. While his best start of the season came against the Marlins in his last start (no earned runs), he's been extremely hittable and very wild, with a 6.55 walks per nine innings ratio. Matt Garza's DL stint keeps the struggling Coleman in the rotation, and it's obvious this is a game the Mets could break out in

One of those batters who may be missing tomorrow is Jason Bay, who was removed in the seventh inning after experiencing stiffness in his right calf muscle. Luckily it doesn't seem serious -- and despite his struggles, the Mets need his presence in the lineup.


Current Series

Cubs lead the series 1-0

Tue 05/24 WP: Ryan Dempster (3 - 4)
LP: Jon Niese (3 - 5)
1 - 11 loss

New York Mets
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Dillon Gee vs Casey Coleman

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

 

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Cubs 11, Mets 1: Mets Get Blown Out By Cubs

(Sports Network) - Ryan Dempster pitched seven strong innings and the Cubs capitalized on some shoddy New York fielding to pound the Mets, 11-1, at Wrigley Field.

Starlin Castro had three hits and drove in two for the Cubs, who also got a pair of RBI from Darwin Barney and Carlos Zambrano.

Dempster (3-4) allowed seven hits and fanned five to move his career mark to 10-5 against the Mets.

New York faltered in the opener of this three-game series by allowing five unearned runs. Jon Niese (3-5) yielded seven hits and six runs, but just two earned, over five frames.

The Mets lost their third in a row and have surrendered 27 runs in that span.

Lou Montanez, in his first game with the Cubs, doubled to right field to score Aramis Ramirez to start a five-run second inning. Mets catcher Ronny Paulino then committed the first of his two errors on the night when the ball popped out of his glove on a throw home from first baseman Daniel Murphy. That came off a ground ball from Koyie Hill.

Following Dempster's sacrifice bunt and a Reed Johnson walk, Barney singled in Montanez to keep the bases full. Castro then singled in two more runs to cap the outburst.

A Jose Reyes infield single scored Ruben Tejada in the top of the fifth, but Castro's RBI triple down to the right field corner in the bottom half made it 6-1.

The Cubs caught a break in the sixth. Johnson struck out with runners at first and second, but Paulino's snap throw to first to try for a double play sailed down the right field line. That allowed Hill to come home.

Chicago tacked on four runs in the seventh to account for the 10-run margin. Pat Misch walked Hill with the bases full. Zambrano, serving as a pinch- hitter, then broke his bat on a single up the middle, off the glove of second baseman Tejada to score two more. Johnson's single to left made it 11-1. Mets left fielder Fernando Martinez booted the ball, but the Cubs left two runners in scoring position when Barney struck out.




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