The New York Mets were defeated by the Chicago Cubs 11-1 on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Terrible efforts from the defense and bullpen really put the Mets at a disadvantage all game. Jonathon Niese suffered his fifth loss of the season as the Mets fall to 22-25 on the season.

 

After a game like this, I can only imagine what Freddy Wilpon is going to say next...

Associated Press

The Scoop:

Jonathon Niese faced off against Ryan Dempster in the opener of a three-game set. Niese was plagued by poor defense, allowing six runs (only two earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings of work. The bullpen came on only to give up five more runs to put the Mets down 11-1. It is very hard for any offense to come back from that deficit.

The Mets offense was idle tonight as they had nine hits and a walk, but manufactured one run against a struggling Ryan Dempster, who looked like an ace on the mound today. Jason Bay left the game in the bottom of the 7th with a stiff right calf. The Mets just looked awful and the injuries continue to pile up…

The Positives:

Multi-hitters: Jose Reyes, Ronny Paulino, and Ruben Tejada each had two hits in the game. They are all batting over .300 this season.

The Negatives:

Bullpen: After Niese pitched five innings, the bullpen came on to pitch three ugly innings of relief. Taylor Buchholz, Pat Misch, and Mike O’Connor combined to allow five runs (4 earned) on six hits and three walks. It’s almost like they gave up.

Defense: The Mets committed three errors on the field tonight. The first misplay occurred in the 2nd inning with runners on second and third. Ronnie Paulino couldn’t handle a play at the plate, eventually leading to four unanswered runs scoring. Paulino misplayed another ball in the 6th that plated another run. In the 7th inning, Fernando Martinez botched a ball in centerfield. I thought the Cubs were supposed to have a horrid defense. Guess it reversed!

Interesting Facts:

  • Five of the eleven runs allowed by the Mets were unearned
  • None of those eleven runs were scored via the long ball

What’s Next?: The New York Mets continue their series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. Game Time 8:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Dillon Gee (3-0) 3.44 ERA vs. CHI Casey Coleman (2-3) 6.03 ERA