Cubs vs. Mets: Series Thread (Games 74-77)
Willson Contreras resuscitated the Cubs offense last night. They'll try to keep the juices flowing in a 4-game series against the Mets. Said Metropolitans enter town at a disappointing 35-39 mark and 2-5 over their last two series. Their offense is just a tick above average by wRC+ (barely behind the Cubs at the moment) and the pitching staff is 4th worst in the majors by ERA-. First baseman Pete Alonso has been the season's pleasant surprise, mashing 24 homeruns before the midpoint in his debut season. Jacob deGrom and Syndergaard remain good but look far more mortal than past iterations. They lost Yoenis Cespedes to an ankle injury that will prevent him from appearing at all this year. Meanwhile, the Cubs have called up Adbert Alzolay to help out of the bullpen while Hendricks and the training staff navigate his shoulder impingement. See below for daily matchups.
6/20, game 74, 7:05pmCDT
CHC: RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 3.60 ERA)
NYM: RHP Walker Lockett (0-0, -.-- ERA)
Chatwood was good in his only 2019 start, when he filled in for Jon Lester. He has appeared at times to have mostly harnessed his control out of the bullpen. Alzolay is on track with his turn in the rotation and may be ready to piggy-back if Chatwood looks shaky. Current Mets have gone 15-47 off of him with a .900 OPS. Michael Conforto is 2-9 with 4 walks, but no one else has seen Chatwood more than 6 times (Cano).
Lockett went 0-3 with a 9.60 ERA in four 2018 starts. He's only made five minor league starts in 2019 and the results haven't been especially great. Methinks this one is filler. Schwarber, Rizzo, and Heyward are collectively 6-9 with two homeruns off of him.
6/21, game 75, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.65 ERA)
NYM: LHP Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.74 ERA)
Darvish got served a no-decision despite 7 innings of one-run and ten-K ball against the Dodgers. Since May 15, his ERA has been 4.01, and in June it's 3.44. I encourage your cautious optimism. Cano is 9-25 against him, but the injured Cespedes and Lowrie account for most of the rest of the Mets' ABs against Darvish.
Vargas went four innings allowing three runs, two earned, against the Cards on June 16. He shut out the Giants on the fifth? Don't ask me how. Current Cubs are 3-23 off of him, but Rizzo and Gonzalez (2-15) account for the bulk of that.
6/22, game 76, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: LHP Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.87 ERA)
NYM: RHP Zack Wheeler (5-5, 4.94 ERA)
Quintana has a 4.34 ERA going back to May 16. He's looked hittable but not terrible over that time, with his K/9 down all the way to 6.27. He earned a no-decision against the Doddgers last time out, going five and allowing two earned runs. Current Mets are 19-66 off of him, and Cano is 7-19 with a homer.
Wheeler is better than his ERA suggests. That said, his last few starts have been rough; he's allowed 12 earned runs in 17.2 innings this month while seeing a drop in his groundball percentage. Heyward is 8-24 with two homeruns off of him.
6/23, game 77, 1:20pmCDT
CHC: LHP Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.85 ERA)
NYM: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-6, 3.26 ERA)
Hamels' scoreless streak ended in his last start and he got only a no-decision despite twirling seven innings of one-run ball against the White Sox; Eloy happened. If you're keeping track, that's one earned run in 29 innings pitched this month. Juan Lagares is 11-28 off of him and Adeiny Hecheveria is 12-33. Hamels has held Cano to 9-41.
Jacob deGrom has been almost the same pitcher as he was in 2018 except for a rise in both his HR/9 and his ERA. He went 8.1 against ATL for a win in his last start, allowing two earned runs and striking out 10. CarGo is 4-13 with a homerun off of him, Rizzo is 9-20 with a homerun, and Bryant is 4-11 with two homers. Javy is 1-8 with five strikeouts.
crunch 36 min ago (view)
icing on the cake...
k.schwarber hits a walk-off 2nd deck homer to win it for WAS in the bottom 9th tonight.
crunch 2 hours 53 min ago (view)
yeah, he's def setting himself in a bad place to get something wild and inside.
i'm glad everyone is getting hit and we're not seeing a slew of suspensions for fighting or DL trips.
bradsbeard 3 hours 5 min ago (view)
I think he actually is really close to the plate, it just might be a little harder to see in the RH box, but his elbow hangs out over the batter's box chalk, so anything up and in is going to be close or hit him.
crunch 3 hours 28 min ago (view)
i wasn't impressed with the pitching going into 2021, and this epic bat drought isn't helping.
i was expecting to get to the playoffs or really damn close. i kinda still am. it's not like i'd be shocked if we're trading away guys in a few months for "the future" at this point, though.
Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 38 min ago (view)
Spring training stud Joc Pederson!
Anyone else get the sense we've seen .500 for the last time in 2021?
crunch 3 hours 58 min ago (view)
5 singles, 1 solo homer, and 12 Ks later...sigh
at least they managed to get 6bb (3 in the 9th to load the bases for j.pederson to K vs a lefty closer) and 4 HBP (wtf).
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 27 min ago (view)
Fully agree with the lack of flexibility hindering bullpen construction. the only worry I have is even though most of our top 12 RPs are free agents after the year, Wieck and Steele (potentially Holder too) will join Brothers, Maples, and Mills as RP without options. Provided they're all tendered contracts, of course, that's already six spots taken. I do hope we start to see more guys we can move to and from Iowa easily over the coming seasons.
Dolorous Jon Lester 5 hours 34 min ago (view)
Same, gotta try to find positives in the situation.
Sonicwind75 6 hours 27 min ago (view)
How often in a weeks time are there multiple games with a team getting HBP more than hits. Cubs today and the Carlos Rodon no hitter this week.
crunch 6 hours 47 min ago (view)
the zach davies era isn't going so well through 3 games...
also, cubs getting HBP...so hot right now. contreras, 2x baez, and welcome back matt duffy.
Sonicwind75 6 hours 59 min ago (view)
@DLJ: Feel a little guilty myself streaming pitchers who are facing Cubs but at least there is something positive to come from watching the game. Grabbed Ynoa tomorrow in a couple of leagues.
crunch 8 hours 9 min ago (view)
contreras HBP thing getting kinda weird...just picked up 5th on the season. it's not like he's leaning into them or sets up like rizzo making him prone to them. almost all, if not all, don't seem to be on purpose.
he got a lot of this last year, too. it's tough enough being a catcher.
crunch 9 hours 51 min ago (view)
freddie freeman could be pitching and the cubs would only manage a solo homer and a few singles while K'ing 10+ times.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 25 min ago (view)
Smyly placed on IL, Kyle Wright to start. Don't know if that benefits the Cubs (would prob benefit most teams), but it surely hurts my fantasy team as I was looking forward to the K total and low WHIP Smyly was sure to get today.
crunch 11 hours 34 min ago (view)
m.duffy activated, i.vargas to alternate site.
crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
r.tepera suspended 3 games for throwing at b.woodruff (appealing). d.ross gets 1 game and will miss friday's game.