The New York Mets couldn’t wake up their bats today as they fell to the Chicago Cubs, 3-1. Taijuan Walker got the start for the Mets today with Jake Arrieta on the mound for Chicago. As most Mets games so far this season, this game was low scoring with very little offense from either team.
Taijuan Walker’s Rough Start
Taijuan Walker had a night to forget at Wrigley Field. After a very successful first two starts of the season, Walker’s control was in complete disarray in this game. Walker struck out 7 in the first 3.2 innings pitched, allowing only 1 unearned run, but he for some reason began to miss the strike-zone badly. A Jason Heyward stolen base with 2 outs in the 4th inning led to a complete meltdown from Walker.
Eric Sogard immediately drove in Heyward on a two-out RBI single, after the Mets unsuccessfully challenged the stolen base at second. The Cubs increased their lead to 2-0 on the RBI single and Walker never recovered. The right-hander for the Mets fell apart and walked three straight batters on the Cubs. Chicago got another run from Walker’s outburst and extended their lead to 3-0.
Taijuan Walker was pulled after 3.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned), 6 walks(!), and striking out 7. Walker was frustrated with the home-plate umpire all game and was ejected immediately after being pulled.
If there was any positive in this game for the Mets and their pitching, it was their bullpen. The Mets bullpen tonight pitched 4.1 innings, allowing 0 runs and only 2 hits! The bullpen didn’t walk anyone either! Big-time performances from Robert Gsellman, Jacob Barnes, Jeurys Familia, and Trevor May.
Mets Poor Offense Continues
The Mets continued their offensive struggles in this game, as they managed to put up only 1 run on the board. That run came from a JD Davis home run in the top of the 5th. Poor offense has defined the Mets early-on in this season, but it’s not like they didn’t have their chances in this game.
The Mets as a team left 10 runners on base in this game, even though they accumulated 6 hits and 5 walks. Getting on base hasn’t been the issue for the Mets, it has been driving in those runs. The great bats we all expected from this team continued their struggles. Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, and Jeff McNeil went a combined 0-14 at the plate in this game. Even Brandon Nimmo had a rough game going 0-5, and he’s been the best hitter on the team so far!
The Mets had a great opportunity to tie the game in the top of the 9th after loading the bases with 1 out. Craig Kimbrel was wild with his pitches tonight, but the Mets couldn’t take advantage of the golden opportunity. It’s still early, but the Mets offense is too talented to be doing this poorly early-on. Francisco Lindor in particular needs to be performing better after signing the big-time extension.
What’s Next for the Mets
The 7-5 New York Mets will continue their series in Chicago on Wednesday with David Peterson on the mound for the Mets. Zach Davies will get the ball for Chicago. The game will start at 7:40 PM EST and of course will be on SNY. Let’s hope the Mets’ bats will finally wake up.