Wednesday night was simply a struggle for the Mets, as they fell to 19 games under .500 on the season. They lost to the Cubs in an ugly fashion, being outclassed 17-5. The score became inflated due to a poor outing from the bullpen. Besides Hansel Robles, every bullpen pitcher for the Mets gave up at least a run. In an inning pitched, Chasen Bradford gave up four runs. Kevin Mcgowan surrendered a run in his outing. In .2 innings pitched, Jamie Callahan let a run go. But the worst of it all was Jacob Rhame, who allowed five runs and only recorded one out.
Starter Matt Harvey lasted only 3.1 innings, giving up five earned runs in the process. He was hurt by the four walks he gave up, paired with seven hits. This balloons his season ERA to 6.14, and drops his record to 5-5 on the season. My Gut Reaction is that this is a bump in the road for Harvey’s recovery, as he had a solid outing last time out. Look for him to be strong on the mound in his next outing.
The Mets were able to muster five runs on ten hits, which would be solid on a normal night. Tonight, it wasn’t nearly enough to get the job done. Dom Smith and Jose Reyes each drove a home run out against the Cubs. Rosario had the best night at the plate for the Mets, going 3-4 with a stolen base. Reyes and Travis Taijeron each had two hits, while Nori Aoki, and Asdrubal Cabrera had one. Tomorrow night, the Mets will attempt to avoid being swept by the Cubs, when Seth Lugo will take the hill at 8:10 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.