Ivy’s Roundup: Those Pesky Mets

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After winning their first home series vs. the Rockies, the Cubs weren’t able to do the same against the visiting Mets. Here is the recap of the Mets series.

 

5/17 vs. Mets: L 2-3

5/18 vs. Mets: W 8-2

5/19 vs. Mets: L 3-4

 

5/17- Right out of the gate, it seemed as though the Cubs were going to win the game and beat Matt Harvey, the young Mets’ pitcher, but Harvey was able to make adjustments after the first inning against the Cubs to hold them off. In the first inning of the game, the Cubs had three straight hits by Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano and were able to convert them into two runs. That was it. Harvey would retire 21 of the last 23 batters he faced to improve to 5-0 with a 1.55 ERA. His line included two runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings. The Cubs did get one final chance to tie it in the eighth but Darwin Barney was easily thrown out at home plate by former Cub Marlon Byrd. Edwin Jackson had a solid outing, his second straight. He allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He gave up two key hits, a home run to David Wright and one to Daniel Murphy. Other than that, he was able to work out of jams and never allowed the Mets to start a rally. However, he did give up the winning run to none other than Matt Harvey himself, who hit an RBI single to give the Mets the lead and the win.

5/18- Scott Feldman has been such a nice surprise this season. He continues his dominant pitching performances and is now 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA over his last five starts. In the first two games of this series the key to winning the game was stellar pitching. On Friday, it was the Mets’ Matt Harvey, on Saturday; it was the Cubs’ Scott Feldman. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked just one over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. As for offense, the Cubs were able to get to Mets’ starter Jeremy Hefner in the fourth inning. They scored four runs in the fourth, with Scott Feldman hitting a big two run double and helping his own cause. Cubs’ pitcher Hector Rondon would allow a two run home run to Rick Ankiel before closing out the game and giving the Cubs the win.

5/19- Once again, there was stellar pitching by a Cubs’ starter but the long ball would hurt them and give them another series loss. Travis Wood pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He is the first Cubs starter to pitch nine consecutive quality starts since 1994 when Steve Trachsel pitched eleven straight. The Cubs had chances to break it open; they had a lot of opportunities, including three leadoff doubles but could not score. They went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They did get on the board though; in the fifth inning, Welington Castillo doubled and Travis Wood hit a no doubt home run into Waveland Avenue. That was Travis Wood’s fourth career home run.  Cubs’ starting pitchers are not only pitching well but also getting big hits. Just a couple days before, (May 15th.) Jeff Samardzija hit a two run homer and Scott Feldman hit a two run double just one day prior. Cubs starting pitchers are hitting .306 with five doubles, two home runs and have a total of 11 RBIs for the month of May. Unfortunately, Wood and the Cubs were unable to get the series win when Fujikawa allowed his first run since returning from the disabled list. It was a solo homer, which was enough to hand the Mets the series win.

 

Looking Ahead

Despite losing the series vs. the Mets, the Cubs posted their first .500 home stand since August of last year. After an off day today, they begin a six-game road trip vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds. Here are the probable pitchers and game details:

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m. CT

Matt Garza, RHP (First start of 2013 season) vs. Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (4-2, 3.25 ERA)

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m. CT

Jeff Samardzija, RHP (2-5, 3.49 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano, LHP (2-0, 1.64 ERA)

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Thursday, May 23, 2013 @ 11:35 a.m. CT

Edwin Jackson, RHP (1-6, 5.76 ERA) vs. Jeanmar Gómez, RHP (2-0, 2.78 ERA)

 

Thank you so much for reading and as always, Go Cubs!

-Ivy

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