Marcus Stroman had his sinker working to perfection, making the Mets pound the ball into the ground again and again and again. The end result was a 4-2 Cubs win Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
* Coming off his best start of the year, Kodai Senga allowed 5 BB and 6 H in 5 IP. He was missing the strike zone by wide margins.
* Francisco Alvarez gave the Mets a rare early lead, as he cracked a 2-run homer. Alvarez hit 6 HR in his first 70 ABs this season. He also had a single but grounded into a double play in the eighth inning with runners on first and third with one out, ending the Mets’ last real chance.
* The top seven hitters for the Mets combined to go 1-23 with a walk. And Tommy Pham didn’t play!
* Brooks Raley continued his strong pitching by striking out two of the three batters he faced in a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Since his 2-HR game in his third appearance of the season, Raley has allowed just 2 ER in his last 14 IP. He has a 1.29 ERA and a 0.857 WHIP in that span, with 4 BB and 13 Ks.