Mets manager Terry Collins let his players know how he felt about their play recently, calling it admirable because the Mets just ended a streak of eight straight series against teams with win. What Collins feared most, a letdown by his team, may be starting to materialize after a very lackluster performance against the Chicago Cubs, owners of the worst record in the MLB.
The Mets were able to only muster six hits against the Cubs with shortstop Ronny Cedeno and Mike Nickeas each getting two apiece. It took the Mets until the 9th inning to even score their run as it came on Ike Davis’s 9th homerun of the season.
The Mets were also very sloppy in the field, committing three errors, all of which came in a disastrous 7th inning when the wheels really fell off for the Mets.
Johan Santana pitched admirably for the Mets, by once again was let down by a lack of offense. Santana pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six.
The big blow for the Cubs came in the 4th inning when Joe Mather launched a 2-run homerun off Santana after he issued a two out walk to Cubs catcher Geovany Soto.
The Mets bullpen had a comeback and debut tonight. The comeback was made by Ramon Ramirez, who was returning off the DL from a strained right hamstring, had a rough outing allowing both of his inherited runners to score in the 7th inning. The debut was made by Justin Hampson, who was called up from Triple-A Buffalo to be paired with Tim Byrdak as lefties in the Mets bullpen. Hampson surrendered a two out triple to Reed Johnson, was able to get out of the inning unscathed, also recording a strikeout.
Travis Wood pitched seven innings of shutout ball for the Cubs, giving up five hits and only walking one batter while adding six strikeouts.
Up next for the Mets is the middle game of their series against the Cubs. Dillon Gee (5-5 4.27 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets while right-hander Randy Wells (1-2 4.91 ERA) will take the mound for the Cubs.