9-4-10 Z-Cap: Cubs 5 Mets 3

The Mets lost their 5th game in their last 6 tries as they fell to the Chicago Cubs by a score of 5-3 Saturday afternoon.  Jenrry Mejia made his first career start and lasted only 5 innings while giving up 4 runs:

Mejia walked only 2 but went deep into counts on a lot of the batters that he faced.  While Jenrry and Mets fans alike had hoped for better results his potential is obvious and it was nice to see him sustain his velocity throughout the game:

The game was never out of reach as the Mets managed to get on the board early when, on a Lucas Duda strikeout, Luis Castillo stole home to cut Chicago’s lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the 5th, however, Mejia got in more trouble as Marlon Byrd doubled in a run and eventually scored himself on a wild pitch. Rookie catcher and Jenrry’s minor league battery mate, Mike Nickeas, had this to say about the 20-year-olds performance on the day:

“His curveball he left up a couple times, and that’s where he got hurt but I think he’s going to be fine”

With a 4-1 lead heading into the 7th, Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano gave up a solo home run to New York’s rookie first basemen Ike Davis which made the score 4-2.

The Cubbies got the run right back in the bottom of the inning off an Aramis Ramirez home run and despite and RBI double by Carlos Beltran in the 8th, the Mets offense once again could not mount any sort of threat against Carlos Marmol in the 9th.  The Cubs closer notched his 27th save of the season and with the win Chicago has guaranteed themselves their first home series win since July 23-25 (vs. St. Louis).  There’s just not much more to be said about the Mets woeful offense.  They are trying new things and new players but nothing seems to be working.  Lucas Duda is now 1 for 15 in his young career with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks:

Tomorrow the Mets will send Jonathon Niese to the mound in hopes of avoiding the series.  Niese has struggled of late and has not made it through the 6th inning in any of his last 3 starts while sporting a 6.46 ERA over that span:

The young lefty did manage some success against the Cubs earlier this year when he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless frames while striking out 7 on April 19th:





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