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Aftermath: Mets vs Cubs (05/14/2007 - 05/17/2007)

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Game 1: Mets 5, Cubs 4


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Tom Glavine's pitching line:

 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   PC-ST   GS
6.0   6   4   4   4   2   0  106-60   42
The first two innings were a comedy of defensive mis-plays for the Mets that resulted in four runs for the Cubs. Despite spotty control and what must have felt like complete defensive abandonment, Tom Glavine kept his shit together and gave the Mets a fighting chance to win this game. The offense chipped away at the deficit, pulling to within 4-2 in the fourth on a David Wright homerun and drew even in the sixth on a PLD double and a Damion Easley sac fly.

That set the stage for Cubs reliever Mike Wuertz to melt down worse than Rubbermaid in my microwave. Wuertz came on to pitch the ninth, quickly retired Easley on a come-backer and got Julio Franco swinging. Then single, stolen base, walk, intentional walk, walk-off walk and the Mets win the ballgame.

Mr. Met:

  • Hitting: Carlos Delgado, 26.6% WPA
  • Pitching: Joe Smith, 13.8% WPA
Mr. Regret:
  • Hitting: Shawn Green, -11.9% WPA
  • Pitching: Tom Glavine, -13.7% WPA

Game 2: Cubs 10, Mets 1


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John Maine's pitching line:

 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   PC-ST   GS
5.0   7   3   3   3   4   0   96-58   42
Already talked about this one; no need to re-hash.

Be sure to check out the full recap with boxscore and Haiku at MetsGeek.

Mr. Met:

  • Hitting: Shawn Green, 11.5% WPA
  • Pitching: none
Mr. Regret:
  • Hitting: Endy Chavez, -13.1% WPA
  • Pitching: Scott Schoeneweis, -19.3% WPA
Game 3: Mets 8, Cubs 1


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Jorge Sosa's pitching line:

 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   PC-ST   GS
7.0   1   1   1   3   5   0  104-63   73
Another beautiful step in the reincarnation of Jorge Sosa. Sosa kept the Cubs off-balance all night, throwing a boatload of first-pitch strikes and allowing just one hit over seven innings. Long-term, I continue to have serious concerns about him, though. His hit rate is abnormally low, and his strikeout-to-walk rate, at 1.50, is not encouraging. His BABIP is .136 (!), which is less than half of the league average. It has only been three starts, so I'll reserve judgement for now. Color me skeptical, though.

Be sure to check out the full recap with boxscore and Haiku at MetsGeek.

Mr. Met:

  • Hitting: Damion Easley, 13.5% WPA
  • Pitching: Jorge Sosa, 31.4% WPA
Mr. Regret:
  • Hitting: Shawn Green, -4.1% WPA
  • Pitching: none

Game 4: Mets 6, Cubs 5


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Jason Vargas's pitching line:

 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   PC-ST   GS
7.0   6   5   5   0   2   2   90-59   47
If you want to get an idea of how bad it had gotten to be a Cubs fan, check out the game thread over at Bleed Cubbie Blue. The link plops you right at the start of the bottom of the ninth inning. It starts with Cubs fans fighting back tears of cautious optimism and eventually degenerates to hopeless lamentations on another lost season.

The game was a great one for the Mets, obviously, and even though I missed most of it on account of being at stupid work, I watched the ninth inning in rerun form three times now and it's still really exciting. Without the benefit of an extra-base hit, the Mets cobbled together five runs in a third of an inning, dismantling the Cubbies' already fragile bullpen and further damaging the likewise fragile psyche of Cub fandom in general.

When the lineups were first posted, I immediately noticed that Jose Reyes was sitting this one out. Not too surprising, considering he came up lame in his final at-bat the night (or morning) before. As I continued to read through the batting order it didn't take long to realize that Willie Randolph was trotting out his F team for this one: David Newhan at second, Ruben Gotay at short, Julio Franco at third (?!?). Even through their rally in the ninth, Randolph stuck with what he called his "A-minus team", and they rewarded his confidence in them with a dramatic victory. It may sound corny, but it's things like this that players and teams rally around. These are bench players, but their confidence ebbs and flows with sporadic playing time. That Randolph elected *not* to pinch hit for any of them (Carlos Beltran pinch hit for Burgos, David Wright for the lefty-hitting Shawn Green) means something, and it's great to see Newhan, Gomez and Gotay all come up with huge hits in the middle of the rally.

Jason Vargas pitched a pretty decent game. Not great, not terrible, but decent. He had one really bad inning, gave up a couple of homeruns, but he kept his pitch count down and he gave the team seven innings. Lost in the bedlam was Ambiorix Burgos's performance, pitching two perfect innings to keep the Mets close and was rewarded with a relief victory.

Mr. Met:

  • Hitting: Carlos Delgado, 24.0% WPA
  • Pitching: Ambiorix Burgos, 1.3% WPA
Mr. Regret:
  • Hitting: Julio Franco, -7.0% WPA
  • Pitching: Jason Vargas, -24.2% WPA