The New York Mets were defeated by the Chicago Cubs 7-6 on Friday afternoon. A terrible performance from R.A. Dickey allowed the Cubs offense to score seven runs in the middle innings. The Mets hitters couldn’t rally enough runs towards the end of the game to earn the win, falling to three games under .500, as well as one game closer to last place in the NL East division.

AP Photo/Charles Cherney

Initial Reaction:

R.A. Dickey faced off against Randy Wells in the opener of a three-game set. After being given a 3-0 lead before even taking the mound, Dickey let up four runs in the 4th inning and three more runs in the 6th inning. He was giving up hits left to right, which were all hit hard.

Even though the Mets offense put up the first three runs of the game in the 1st inning, they couldn’t continue their success as the game went on. It’s happened numerous times this season, which just adds to the list of deficiencies on this team.

If David Wright finishes the season strong, I will feel much better about this team going forward. He is the face of the franchise, so if he succeeds all we need to worry about are the pieces around him.

Positives From The Game:

The Wright Track: He’s on one of his tears. David Wright went 3 for 5–including a double and a solo shot (his second in as many games)–driving in three runs while scoring twice.

Angel In The Outfield: Angel Pagan returned to the lineup this afternoon with a 3 for 5 performance. He scored two of the Mets six runs and provided a much needed spark to an offense thats been scuffling lately.

Negatives From The Game:

Icky Dickey: R.A. Dickey did not look like comeback player of the year today. He pitched three clean innings to start the game, but his final line was ugly: 6 IP 8H 7ER 1BB 3K 2HR. His home/away splits are crazy though. He has a dominant 1.85 ERA at CitiField, but pitches to a 3.67 ERA on the road.

Interesting Facts:

  • Lucas Duda ripped a double into right field in the 6th inning for his first major league hit, driving in the tying run of the game.
  • David Wright hit his 23rd home run of the season and knocked in his 90th RBI.
  • R.A. Dickey allowed more runs (7) than any other start this season.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets try to turn their luck around Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs. Game Time 12:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Jenrry Mejia (0-2) 3.25 ERA vs. CHI Carlos Zambrano (6-6) 4.36 ERA