Schwei's Mets Notes: Winning Homestand, Wrigley Woes, Wheeler Rolling

John Schweibacher
August 28, 2018 - 11:00 am
The Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 29, 2018, at PNC Park.

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After a winning homestand, the New York Mets dropped the first game of their nine-game road trip, 7-4, to the Cubs Monday night in Chicago.

The Mets have now lost eight straight games to the Cubs and 13 of the last 14 regular season meetings at Wrigley Field. 

The eight consecutive losses matched the most ever by the Mets vs. the Cubs, Chicago beat New York eight straight times in August of 1991 and won eight straight spanning the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

The Mets 4 and 3 homestand ended on a sour note with a 15-0 loss to the Nationals Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

The Mets trailed, 1-0, after seven innings but allowed eight runs in the eighth and six more in the ninth in the loss.

It was the third time in club history the Mets allowed at least 15 runs in a game that they did not score. Here are the most lopsided shutout losses by the Mets:

 

7/2/99    Braves 16 at Mets 0

6/15/09  Mets 0 at Yankees 15

8/26/18  Nationals 15 at Mets 0

6/30/97  Mets 0 at Tigers 14

8/14/06  Mets 0 at Phillies 13

8/8/12    Marlins 13 at Mets 0

 

The Mets shut out the Nationals for the second straight game, 3-0, Saturday afternoon.

Zack Wheeler won his seventh straight decision, improving his overall record to 9 and 6, allowing six hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings.

It was the fourth time in his 25 starts this season that Wheeler did not allow a run in at least seven innings pitched, the same total that Jacob deGrom has in his 26 starts in 2018.

The last time the Mets shut out the Nationals in consecutive games was back on May 18th and 19th, 2011, with Jon Niese and Dillon Gee each going seven innings in the wins at Citi Field.

The Mets had back-to-back shutouts five times against the Nats’ predecessors, the Expos, when the franchise played in Montreal from 1969 through 2004. 

The Mets shut out the Nationals, 3-0, last Friday night as Jason Vargas Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman combined on a four-hitter.

Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in his return from a 59-game stint on the disabled list.

Bruce had not homered at Citi Field since July 22nd, 2017, a two-run home run vs. Oakland’s Sean Manaea and 15 of Bruce’s last 21 homers for the Mets have come on the road.

Madison Bumgarner improved his record to 7 and 0 with a 1.42 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets and also hit an RBI double for the only earned run off of Jacob deGrom in the Giants 3-1 win last Thursday afternoon.

In his first appearance in New York since tossing a four-hit shutout in the 2016 NL wild-card game, Bumgarner extended his scoreless streak at Citi Field to 33 innings before Todd Frazier homered in the bottom of the seventh.

The only other Met to ever hit a home run against Bumgarner was Justin Ruggiano, who hit a grand slam in a 10-7 loss at San Francisco back on August 18th, 2016.

The Mets beat the Giants, 5-3, last Wednesday night.

Dominic Smith, Jose Bautista and Todd Frazier homered for the Mets in the win.

It was just the third time this season the Mets hit at least three homers in a home game.

The Mets have had 12 games with three or more home runs on the road in 2018.

The only other games at Citi Field that the Mets homered three times were on May 20th vs. Arizona (Rosario 2 and Cabrera) and July 12th vs. Washington (Cabrera, Bautista and Plawecki).

Jeff McNeil went 4-for-4, including a go-ahead double with two outs in the eighth inning as the Mets rallied to beat the Giants, 6-3, last Tuesday night.

McNeil, who also had four hits against the Braves back on August 4th, is the first player in club history to have two four-hit games within his first 27 career games.

According to the player game finder on baseball-reference.com, Rey Ordonez had been the Mets player with the two earliest, four-hit games; 39 games into his career back in 1996.

Happy Recap: Sewald Save. Paul Sewald recorded his first major league save in last Wednesday night's win vs. the Giants. Sewald had appeared in 93 games with the Mets without a win or save, the most in club history.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: No Pen Pals. The Mets bullpen came into Sunday's game with a 2.51 ERA (22 earned runs/79.0 innings) in August, the lowest in the NL before allowing 17 runs in the losses to the Nats and Cubs.