New York Mets: Kyle Hendricks

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 4, Mets 1

August, 18, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets lost to the Cubs, 4-1, Monday afternoon at Citi Field and matched franchise history in the process.

After being limited to four hits by Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks and two relievers, the Mets (59-67) became the first major league team in a decade to produce four hits or fewer in five straight games.

The last team to do it?

The 2004 Mets.

The Mets’ current streak of hitting futility actually matches the franchise record. In addition to ’04, the 1963 Mets also went five straight games with four hits or fewer.

The Mets produced only 16 hits yet split this four-game series against the Cubs (54-70).

Buddy Carlyle surrendered a tie-breaking homer to Anthony Rizzo to open the eighth inning. It snapped the journeyman right-hander’s scoreless streak at 13 innings, the longest by a Mets reliever this season.


Kathy Willens/Associated PressCarlos Torres' five scoreless innings went for naught in a 4-1 loss to the Cubs.


Javier Baez added a two-run homer against Jenrry Mejia in the ninth. Mejia has allowed seven earned runs in his past 7 2/3 innings.

Who needs rest? Subbing for Bartolo Colon, who flew to the Dominican Republic to be with his gravely ill mother, Carlos Torres tossed five scoreless innings in his first start since last Sept. 27.

Torres became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to make a start on no days of rest. He joined Dan Wheeler (2004), Kevin Kobel (1979) and Craig Anderson (1962).

In an 86-pitch effort, Torres limited the Cubs to three hits and two walks while striking out six. He faced a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fourth, but fanned Welington Castillo to escape.

Torres suffered a no-decision when Dana Eveland allowed a leadoff double to Rizzo and a one-out RBI single to Luis Valbuena in the sixth inning that evened the score at 1.

On the leaderboard: Lucas Duda's solo homer in the fourth inning against Hendricks opened the scoring. Duda upped his career high to 22 homers. He ranks fifth in the National League, trailing Giancarlo Stanton (32), Rizzo (28), Marlon Byrd (23) and Justin Upton (23).

Shouldering the load: After getting struck in his balky left shoulder Saturday and departing after six innings, then missing Sunday’s game, David Wright returned to the lineup. The captain went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Black Monday: Vic Black stranded two runners in the eighth inning. He has now prevented 21 straight inherited runners from scoring. That’s the longest streak by a Mets reliever this season.

Passing fancy: Travis d'Arnaud had his 12th passed ball, matching the Rockies' Wilin Rosario for the most in the majors.

Pitching in: Jonathon Niese pinch-hit for Torres with two outs and none on in the bottom of the fifth and grounded out. Niese became the first Mets pitcher to appear as a pinch-hitter since Jacob deGrom on May 30 in Philadelphia. deGrom struck out in the 14th inning in that game.

What’s next: The Mets fly to Oakland for a two-game series, and the challenge for their hitters does not get any easier. Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69 ERA) opposes old friend Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78) at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Jeff Samardzija starts for the A's on Wednesday.

Kazmir got roughed up at Citi Field on June 24, allowing a season-high seven runs in three innings, including homers to Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and d’Arnaud. Manager Terry Collins implied Daniel Murphy will be given the day off Tuesday. Murphy snapped an 0-for-12 drought with a leadoff double in the ninth. He went 5-for-28 on the homestand.

Series preview: Mets vs. Cubs

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David Banks/USA TODAY SportsJavier Baez has a ton of homers and strikeouts during his brief major league career.
METS (57-65, fourth place/NL East) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (52-68, fifth place/NL Central)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53) vs. LHP Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Jonathon Niese (6-8, 3.46) vs. RHP Dan Straily (1-2, 4.93), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-3, 6.12) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.77), 1:10 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85) vs. RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.79), 12:10 p.m. ET

Cubs short hops

• Right-hander Dan Straily, who was acquired in the July 5 trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics, will be promoted from Triple-A Iowa for a spot start Saturday against the Mets. That gives the other Cubs starters an extra day of rest and pushes Tsuyoshi Wada out of the Mets series. The crown jewel of that Cubs-A’s trade is shortstop prospect Addison Russell, who is assigned to Double-A Tennessee. Straily, 25, made seven starts for Oakland this season, going 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA.

• Rookie Javier Baez produced three homers in his first three major league games. However, after a four-strikeout performance Thursday, the hard-swinging Baez has K’d in 17 of his 45 major league at-bats. He has yet to walk. Baez became the third player in major league history to have a pair of four-strikeout games in his first 10 games in the majors, joining infielder Esteban German (2002) and pitcher Norm Bass (1961), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The 21-year-old shortstop prospect was promoted from Iowa on Aug. 5 and has manned second base. Baez’s only professional experience at second base before his promotion came in 16 games this season in Triple-A.


David Zalubowski/Associated PressRookie Kyle Hendricks has a 1.01 ERA in his last five starts.


Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 13 games Thursday. It is the longest streak by a Cub this season. Castro’s career high is a 14-game streak, done twice. Castro tweaked his left knee this week, but remained in the lineup.

• Rookie Kyle Hendricks has completed seven innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his first six major league starts. He is the first Cub to accomplish that since Frank Castillo in 1991. Hendricks, 24, was acquired from the Texas Rangers at the non-waiver trade deadline two years ago for Ryan Dempster. He has drawn comparisons to Greg Maddux because of his quick pace and a fastball that only has averaged 88 mph. Since allowing four runs in his July 10 major league debut, Hendricks has produced a 1.01 ERA in five starts.

• Left fielder/leadoff hitter Chris Coghlan, a former NL Rookie of the Year with the Miami Marlins, is hitting .345 (48-for-139) with 16 doubles, four homers and 19 RBIs in his last 39 games. Coghlan’s average sat at .139 on June 1 and .206 on July 1.

• First baseman Anthony Rizzo ranks second in the National League with 27 homers, trailing only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (31). Eleven of Rizzo’s homers have come on first pitches, a major league high.

• The Cubs acquired right-hander Jacob Turner in a waiver-claim trade from the Marlins on Aug. 8 for right-handers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer. Turner, 23, tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings Thursday in relief. He could get starts in September in place of Edwin Jackson.

• Outfielder Justin Ruggiano returned to the lineup Thursday. He had departed Tuesday’s game after seven innings and missed Wednesday’s game with a groin injury.

• The Cubs traded Darwin Barney to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 28. L.A’s motivation partly may have been to prevent Barney from being acquired by the rival San Francisco Giants to play second base. Barney had been designated for assignment by Chicago five days before the deal.

• The Cubs traded outfielder Brett Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor-league right-hander Blake Cooper on Thursday.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180