Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Post-Game Wrap-Up: Mets Lose To Cubs In Ugly Fashion

The Mets lost to the Cubs tonight by the score of 11-1. As if the whirlwind of media attention due to Fred Wilpon's comments wasn't enough, the Mets took the field tonight at Wrigley and were flat out terrible. After letting a shaky Ryan Dempster off the hook in the first two innings, the Mets defense completely fell apart in the Bot of the 2nd. Leading off the inning, Aramis Ramirez hit a little bloop behind the second base position. Second baseman Ruben Tejada seemed like he was going to get there and make the catch, however, Tejada couldn't squeeze it and Ramirez reached safely with a single. Then after a strikeout of Carlos Pena, Alfonso Soriano singled to left, setting up the Cubs with runners on 1st and 2nd for Luis Montanez. Montanez came through by perfectly placing an opposite field double down the RF line scoring Ramirez to put the Cubs ahead 1-0. With a run already in, and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Jon Niese desperately needed to make a good pitch to prevent further damage. Niese thought he had avoided further damage when he got Koyie Hill to hit a sharp grounder to the drawn in 1B Daniel Murphy. Murphy fielded the ball and fired to the plate in an attempt to cut off Soriano who was trying to score. The throw was in plenty of time to nail Soriano, however catcher Ronny Paulino dropped the ball which allowed everyone to reach safely, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. It was from there that the flood gates opened for the Cubs as they would score 3 more times in the Bot of the 2nd to take a 5-0 lead.

The Mets defense would fail several more times during the game as they committed 2 more errors. In total the Mets defense cost them 5 unearned runs on the evening, by far their worst defensive performance of the year.

Game Notes:

-Jose Reyes was 2-4 and drove in the Mets only run of the night.
-Ruben Tejada went 2-3.
-John Niese gave up 6 runs, although only 2 of them were earned.
-Mets LF Jason Bay exited the game with what is being called a stiff right calf.

I'm speechless. After the debacle of Fred Wilpon, I was looking forward to getting back to baseball on the field. I truly did not expect the Mets to allow what happened off the field to effect them on it. As far as I'm concerned, it was clearly evident that they allowed Wilpon's comments to effect their play. This was by far the sloppiest game they have played in 2011, and if it was any indication of what we are in store for over the next 4 months, we all might as well give up now.

The Mets continue their series with the Cubs tomorrow evening. Game time is 8:05 PM.