I love the Mets. I look forward to schedule release day every year to see when they’ll come and play the Cubs. (Playing the White Sox in 2013 was just a bonus.) No matter how good or bad the team has been before coming to town, I always plan to go. In my seven years living here, I’ve missed one Mets/Cubs game – because of a concert.
Last week, the Mets came to town fresh off four wins over the Phillies. It was great for the team, and one would think the Mets would have a good series against the Cubs. As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend.” The games are already a week old, but here’s a quick recap:
Tuesday June 3
Zack Wheeler went 6 2/3 innings, giving up only two hits, while the Mets held onto a 1-0 lead. The game was turned over to the bullpen…and it was just the same ole story. The Mets had so many opportunities to blow open the game with countless base runners, but they couldn’t get the runners home. Josh Edgin gave up a game-tying homer to Chris Coghlan in the 8th, and then Scott Rice lost the game in the bottom of the 9th on a Nate Schierholtz walk-off single for a 2-1 final score.
For this game we sat in section 237. Full set of pictures from the June 3rd game can be viewed here.
Wednesday June 4
The second game of the series was a lot like the first. The Mets took an early lead, let the Cubs score some runs, and back and the forth the teams went until the Cubs held on for the 5-4 win. Once again, the Mets had plenty of opportunities but stranded far too many runners on base. Adding insult to injury was the weather. Tuesday was sunny and warm. Wednesday was cold and breezy, making the game even worse to sit through.
For this game we sat in section 208. Full set of pictures from the June 4th game can be viewed here.
Thursday June 5
This was the one game of the series in which the Mets didn’t take a lead until a little later in the game. But, much like the previous two games, they couldn’t hold the lead. A highlight of the night, if there was one, was Andrew Brown’s 7th inning home run that tied the game at 4. The joy was short-lived, as Anthony Rizzo went deep the next inning, and the Cubs sealed the win with two more runs in the 8th on its way to a 7-4 final. (It should be noted that Brown made a killer throw to home to tag Luis Valbuena out. But after a challenge by the Cubs manager, the call was overturned and the run counted.)
For this game we sat in section 214. Full set of pictures from the June 5th game can be viewed here.
As of now, I don’t have any plans to see another Mets game this season. Not because they are playing badly, just because I don’t have an interest to see them in Milwaukee; nor do I have other plans to see them on the road. Slim chance I’ll see a game at Citi in the fall, but who knows. That’s a little ways off.