For the second season in a row, the Mets were swept by the Cubs at Wrigley Field. I was there for every game and combined with the cooler temps, it was more miserable than you could imagine. The Mets should have at least won on Wednesday and Thursday.
Without further ado, a quick summary and a lot of pictures from the series:
Monday May 11, 2015
Jacob deGrom vs. Jon Lester. 2014 NL Rookie of the Year vs. highly paid veteran. The game was off to a rocky start when the Mets were retired in order to start the game. In the bottom of the 1st, the Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back home runs to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead. Luckily the Mets got it back with back-to-back homers of their own from Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores to cut the lead. The Mets were able to get some other runners on base, but the bats couldn’t get them home and lost 4-3.
Other notes: This was my first game at Wrigley this season and my first chance to see the new video boards. I think they are great. Video replays on the left field video board were pretty instant and crystal clear. The information on the right field board was also great. I didn’t need to scramble and write down when a new pitcher or pinch hitter was announced. The information was always on the screen. The Mets even challenged a call last night and there were sharp graphics to show that!
Tuesday May 12, 2015
It was Noah night! The debut of Mets phenom prospect Noah Syndergaard vs. Cubs’ Jake Arrieta. Both pitchers were cruising along until Syndergaard gave up a few runs. It was the same ole story where the Mets couldn’t get any offense going and ultimately lost 6-1. Sitting behind home for the second half of the game to see him pitch was great though.
Wednesday May 13, 2015
Harvey Day! By this point, everyone was expecting a win. Matt Harvey did his part, throwing 99 pitches, 69 of them for strikes, over 7 innings. Not only was it the offense that let him down, but the bullpen too. Carlos Torres struggled and gave up the tying run. Jeurys Familia came in for the 9th and walked in the winning run. Mets lost 2-1.
Silver lining: with seats right behind home plate, it was a treat to watch Matt Harvey:
Thursday May 14, 2015
The one game of the series where the Mets had a good lead, 5-1, at one point. Anthony Recker hit home runs in back-to-back at bats. Wilmer Flores had a homer of his own. Jon Niese pitched alright, but once the lead was gone, the wheels fell off and the Mets lost 6-5.
Overall, the series stunk. The Mets should have won at least two games and even a third. I can only hope the games next year are warmer and have better outcomes.