Cubs 7, Mets 6: Longballs Ruin Dickey's Afternoon Delight

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R.A. Dickey looked strong early on -- he allowed just one baserunner through the first three frames. But two big innings, each punctuated by a Cubbie three-run homer with two outs, were his undoing. Alfonso Soriano went yard in the fourth inning and Blake DeWitt did the deed in the sixth.

To the Mets' credit, they didn't completely fold after falling behind on two separate occasions. Lucas Duda smacked an RBI double (first MLB hit, congrats Duda) to tie it at four after Soriano's blast, then David Wright and Luis Hernandez added solo homers after falling behind 7-4. Yeah that's right, Luis Hernandez hit a home run. Six runs scored is a rarity for the Mets' lineup. However, chances to pile on some serious offense were missed, as ten men were left on base.

David went 3-for-5 with the aforementioned solo homer and also a two-run double in the first inning. His OPS is now .878, creeping up to his career mark of .902. Angel Pagan returned to the starting lineup and also went 3-for-5. If Jose Reyes returns, this lineup just might look respectable again.

Random notes:

  • Duda made a great throw to double off Xavier Nady at first base after catching Geovany Soto's line drive in the bottom of the eighth. His defense has been a pleasant surprise, considering the negative scouting reports from his time in the minors. 
  • Manny Acosta allowed two singles in 1.2 innings of relief but was generally effective. He struck out one and induced four swinging strikes in 27 pitches (14.8%, an excellent rate). It's fun to use the Acostalypse nickname and all, but he has been decent out of the bullpen this season. Should a sub-4.00 FIP be expected again next year? Probably not.
  • Certain players draw the ire of GKR for various reasons, usually due to a perception of poor hustle. B.J. Upton is one. Yunel Escobar another. Soriano incensed Gary today, after making a poor attempt to catch Wright's double in the first inning. The criticism of Soriano continued and seemed a bit over-the-top. Expect more the next couple games.
  • Keith, at one juncture of the game, during a Soto at-bat I believe: "If you take a fastball here you should be shot. Summarily shot. Up against the wall."

Game two of the series is tomorrow at 1:05, with Jenrry Mejia set to make his first MLB start. Carlos Zambrano starts for the Cubs.

Unintentionally sexual quote of the game: "Dickey being touched up" -- Gary Cohen

Poem by Howard Megdal

Mets put up six-spot in Friday matinee
But Dickey's home run balls get in victory's way

SB Nation Coverage

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Win Probability Added

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Big winners: David Wright +23.5%, Lucas Duda +15.3%
Big losers: R.A. Dickey -54.8% (as pitcher), Josh Thole -17.9%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Lucas Duda RBI double +17.8%
Teh sux0rest play: Alfonso Soriano three-run homer -33.8%
Total pitcher WPA: -49.1%
Total batter WPA: -0.9%
GWRBI!: Blake DeWitt

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by aparkermarshall; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 aparkermarshall 86
2 MookieTheCat 73
3 Jsz 71
4 deadspy3 68
5 jdon 68
6 KeithsMoustache 61
7 James Kannengieser 61
8 CTRefJay 58
9 Kepler 52
10 Gina 33
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