Despite a comeback effort in the eighth inning, the New York Mets still fell to the Chicago Cubs, 7-4.
The Mets suffered yet again from a bullpen that just was not good enough to get the job done. Zack Wheeler started for the Mets, and he pitched well in his six innings of work. He allowed two earned runs, two walks, and struck out four. The two walks showed that his command wasn’t always there, along with his 103 pitches. Wheeler has had up and down struggles with his command all season, and it is unclear whether or not he will ever get over the struggles.
After Wheeler, Paul Sewald stepped in to pitch. This move ended up burning the Mets, as Sewald was torn up by the Cubs lineup. The biggest blow came in the form of a three run home run to slugger Kyle Schwarber. This gives me the Gut Reaction that no one in this bullpen can be trusted, and it is absolutely crucial that they get the most out of all of their starting pitchers.
Again out of the starting lineup there was one constant for the Mets. Brandon Nimmo had another fantastic night, drawing his regular walk and smacking two hits, including a two run bomb. The Wyoming product has been an absolute blessing to this team, and he now has driven his batting average up to .294. Besides Nimmo, the other Mets to record hits tonight were Asdrubal Cabrera, Devin Mesoraco, Jose Bautista, and Adrian Gonzalez.
A concerning turn of events took place tonight, as Jay Bruce fell victim to injury. After the fourth inning, Bruce left the game with lower back discomfort, which sounds troubling just by the name. If Bruce were to hit the disabled list, it would strand the Mets with only Michael Conforto, Nimmo, and Bautista in the outfield.