Jacob deGrom looks at the scoreboard from the dugout in the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.

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Schwei's Mets Notes: Swept At Home, Falling Under .500, Wasting deGrom's Brilliance

John Schweibacher
June 05, 2018 - 8:28 am

The New York Mets fell below .500 for the first time this season after losing four straight to the Chicago Cubs this past weekend.

The Mets were shut out for the fourth time in 2018 as the Cubs completed the four-game sweep, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

The Cubs had not won all four games of a series on the road vs. the Mets since August 2nd through 5th, 1991 at Shea Stadium.

It was the seventh time in club history the Mets were shut out and had three hits or fewer vs. the Cubs in a home game:

6/3/18    Cubs 2 at Mets 0  Jon Lester & three relievers 3-hitter

6/30/15  Cubs 1 at Mets 0  Kyle Hendricks & three relievers 3-hitter

5/12/96  Cubs 2 at Mets 0  Jim Bullinger 2-hitter

6/3/88    Cubs 5 at Mets 0  Jamie Moyer 3-hitter

4/19/73  Cubs 7 at Mets 0  Burt Hooton 3-hitter

4/17/73  Cubs 1 at Mets 0  Ferguson Jenkins 2-hitter

9/5/72    Cubs 3 at Mets 0  Rick Reuschel 3-hitter

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The Mets lost to the Cubs, 7-1, in 14 innings Saturday night.

The 14 innings matched the most the Mets and Cubs have ever played against each other in a game:

6/2/18    Cubs 7 at Mets 1 (14)   Cubs 6-run 14th

8/11/91  Mets 2 at Cubs 3 (14)   George Bell solo HR

9/12/80  Cubs 10 at Mets 5 (14)  Cubs 5-run 14th

5/25/72  Mets 3 at Cubs 2 (14)    Willie Mays RBI single

6/23/63  Cubs 6 at Mets 8 (14)    Tim Harkness grand slam

Jacob deGrom matched his career high with 13 strikeouts and the bullpen added 11 more as the Mets broke a franchise record with 24 strikeouts in the loss to the Cubs Saturday night.

The Mets broke their previous record of 20 strikeouts, which was set on August 1st, 1999 in a 5-4, 13-inning win against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Mets’ 4-1 loss to the Cubs Friday night at Citi Field dropped their record to 27 and 28, a game below the .500 mark for the first time this season.

There have been only three seasons in club history where the Mets took longer to have their record fall below .500:

1971  117 games   (58-59 on August 14th-finished 83-79)

1991  115 games   (57-58 on August 16th-finished 77-84)

2012   95 games    (47-48 on July 22nd-finished 74-88)

2018   55 games    (27-28 on June 1st)

The Mets have had four seasons in club history during which they never fell below the .500 mark; 1985, 1998, 2006 and 2007.

The Mets dropped the opener of the four-game series vs. the Cubs, 5-1, last Thursday night.

Seth Lugo went four innings in his first start of the season in place of the injured Noah Syndergaard, allowing no runs, three hits and struck out three in a no-decision.

Lugo made his first 20 appearances out of the bullpen this year. The last Mets pitcher to start a game after making at least that many relief outings in the same season was Sean Gilmartin, who in 2015, pitched 49 times out of the bullpen before making a start on October 1st at Philadelphia.

The Mets salvaged a split of the four-game series against the Braves with a 4-1 win Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

Mickey Callaway used Jeurys Familia to face the top of Atlanta's batting order in the eighth and then in the 9th went to Robert Gsellman, who earned his second save.

The last time Familia held the lead in the 8th inning of a game that another Mets reliever saved in the 9th was back on Opening Day 2015 at Washington.

That day, Familia pitched a scoreless 8th inning and Jerry Blevins and Buddy Carlyle combined to get the final three outs in the 9th in the 3-1 win over the Nationals.

The Mets lost the third game of the four-game set in Atlanta, 7-6, as  Johan Camargo homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night to give the Braves the win.

Atlanta also beat the Mets in their final at-bat in the opener of the day-night Memorial Day doubleheader, making this the first time since 1974 the Mets lost to the Braves twice in the same series in the bottom of the 9th or extra innings.

On August 23rd in the opener of a doubleheader, Mike Lum’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the Braves a 4-3 win and the next day, Norm Miller’s bases loaded walk brought home the game-winner in another 4-3 Mets loss at Fulton County Stadium.

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