MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10121
NY Mets1 0 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 7141
  W: K. Ryan (4-2)   L: N. Syndergaard (9-7)   S: C. Kimbrel (12)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 28, 2019
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 33,987

Cubs look to pile on vs. slumping Mets

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According to STATS

Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

  1. The Mets are a major league-best 27-13 since the All-Star Game, leading MLB with a 3.11 ERA in that span. They had a 4.86 ERA before the break and that improvement of 1.75 is the best in MLB.
  2. Pete Alonso hit three homers as the Mets and Cubs split a four-game series at Wrigley Field back in June. He drove in his 100th RBI on Saturday to become the first rookie with 100 RBI before September since Albert Pujols in 2001.
  3. Kyle Schwarber hit his 30th home run Sunday, matching a career high. He joins Billy Williams (five) and Anthony Rizzo (four) as the only Cubs left-handed batters with multiple 30-homer seasons.
  4. Kyle Hendricks, who is slated to start Wednesday, threw seven innings of shutout ball Thursday to beat the Giants. It was the ninth time in 10 starts since July 1 he allowed two runs or fewer, and no pitcher in MLB has had more such starts in that span.
  5. Noah Syndergaard, who will take the ball opposite Hendricks, has permitted two runs or less in each of his last five outings. His 0.84 WHIP in those starts since July 30, is fourth-best in MLB (min. 30 innings).
  6. New York swings at the first pitch an MLB-high 35.4 percent of the time, while Chicago is last in the majors in percent of swings that miss at 28.3. Among batting qualifiers, the Mets' Jeff McNeil is first in the majors in percent of swings on the first pitch at 49.8 percent and the Cubs' Javier Baez is second at 47.9 percent.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/27/2019 thru 8/29/2019

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he won't know if his team's Tuesday win was a tone-setter until Wednesday. The New York Mets better hope it wasn't.

The Cubs will look to further cement their grip on a National League wild-card spot Wednesday night when they visit the Mets in the middle game of a three-game series.

Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.20 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Chicago against New York's Noah Syndergaard (9-6, 3.71) in a battle of right-handers.

The Cubs earned a 5-2 win in the series opener Tuesday, when Yu Darvish allowed one run over a season-high eight innings and Addison Russell and Javier Baez each hit two-run homers.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cubs, who didn't gain any ground on the scorching St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. The Cardinals maintained their three-game lead with their sixth straight victory, a 6-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

However, the Cubs were the only NL wild-card contender that began the day over .500 to win Tuesday night. In addition to the Mets and Brewers, the Philadelphia Phillies and the wild-card-leading Washington Nationals also lost. Chicago is three games behind the Nationals, two games ahead of the Phillies, three ahead of New York and 3 1/2 up on Milwaukee.

Still, Maddon wasn't quite ready to declare the Cubs had made a statement.

"We're going to find out (Wednesday)," Maddon said. "I don't get overly overwhelmed either way. I like the way we played tonight. We've kind of been playing like that, we just got the hits that we needed tonight."

The loss was the fourth straight for the Mets, who surged back into contention by going a baseball-best 27-10 in the first 37 games after the All-Star break. But their bats have gone quiet at an inopportune time. New York has scored just nine runs -- six via the home run -- in the last four games.

The Mets missed a prime chance to take an early lead Tuesday, when Michael Conforto hit a leadoff triple in the second inning but was stranded after Wilson Ramos lined out to a leaping Baez at shortstop and J.D. Davis and Joe Panik both flied out.

"We're missing the timely hit," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "They hit two homers; they were both two-run homers. Our two home runs are solos. We stranded that runner at third. We're just not getting the timely hit or the big hit when we need it to keep us rolling.

"It will change. Tough four games, but we'll come out (Wednesday) and put it behind us."

Both Hendricks and Syndergaard earned wins with scoreless outings in their most recent starts last Thursday. Hendricks allowed just three hits over seven innings as the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0. Syndergaard gave up only two hits over six innings as the Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 in a game shortened to 7 1/2 innings by rain.

Hendricks is 3-0 with an 0.47 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Mets. Syndergaard is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four regular-season starts against the Cubs.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 28, 2019

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