Carlos Zambrano pitched 6 strong innings for the Chicago Cubs (and went 3-3 at the plate with an RBI), Mets starter R.A. Dickey had to leave in the 3rd inning with an apparent foot injury, and the Cubs won in a rout.  The loss drops the Mets to 23-26 on the year.

It was a blustery day in Chicago, with the gameday temperature starting at 42 degrees.  Zambrano and Dickey traded zeroes until the top of the 3rd inning.  With one out in that inning, Jose Reyes smacked a double to right field.  Instead of just stopping at second, however, a couple of bad throws during the play allowed him to come around and score.  To quote Gary Cohen, it was a little league home run.

Will Ike and Wright have company? (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

But that would be the high point of the game for the Mets.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Kosuke Fukudome hit a routine groundball to the right side.  But while trying to cover first, Dickey fell over in pain and had to come out of the game.  They later announced that it was due to pain in his right heel.  Great news for a team already with Chris Young and Jenrry Mejia out for the year.  Pedro Beato came on in relief and got out of the inning with the shutout intact.

After that point though, it was all Cubs.  Carlos Pena got the scoring started in the 4th by slamming a 2-run home run to right field, and they would score at least 1 run in every inning after that.

3 Up:

-Jose Reyes: 2-4 with a run scored and a walk — his average currently sits at .319.  He’s no Carl Crawford though, so it’s gonna take a little more to impress Fred.

-Daniel Murphy: 3-4 on the day.

-Nothing else, really.  It was a pretty ugly combined team effort.

3 Down:

-Defense: The teams combined for 5 errors today.  Aside from Reyes’ play, one that stood out was when Jason Pridie lackadaisically played a single hit to him in the 5th.  He bobbled the ball, which allowed both runners to move up.  This was costly when both runners came around to eventually score.

-The Bullpen: It was a tough situation to come into — winter conditions and pressed into duty much earlier than expected with Dickey’s injury.  But it was just an awful combined bullpen effort — 13 hits and 9 runs.

-Carlos Beltran/Jason Bay: The 3 & 4 hitters combined for a 1-8 day with 3 strikeouts.

On Deck: The Mets welcome the Phillies for a 3-game weekend set at Citi Field.  First pitch tomorrow is at 7:10 PM.

PHI Oswalt (3-2, 2.77 ERA) vs. NYM Capuano (3-5, 5.36 ERA)