The Cubs completed a four-game sweep of the Mets with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon. It was the first time the Mets were swept at home in a four-game series in five years and it made the team’s record 3-11 in their last 14 games.
Steven Matz deserved a better fate. He held the Cubs scoreless through six innings and gave up two runs in the seventh, although with better defense they may not have scored any. After giving up a solid leadoff single to start the seventh, Matz allowed a hit to center that Juan Lagares might have turned into an out but that instead put runners on the corners. Than the Cubs executed a double steal. After an infield hit, they got a sac fly on a ball to the second baseman. Yep, you read that right. On a ball that reached the outfield grass, Jay Bruce did not call off Luis Guillorme and the runner was able to score.
The Mets’ offense went into hibernation again. They were no hit until the sixth inning and appeared listless throughout the game. They got some baserunners late but threats in the seventh and ninth innings ended with double play balls.
Mercifully, tomorrow is an off day. The team is in desperate need of a spark. Maybe Todd Frazier coming back from the DL will do it. Maybe DFAing Jose Reyes and calling up Peter Alonso to play first base will do it. Maybe if the whole team wears high socks that will do the trick. They need to try something different because what they’re doing simply isn’t working.