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Cubs 5, Mets 3: Lackluster Game Gets Lackluster Headline

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The matchup of Jenrry Mejia and Carlos Zambrano promised some electricity but this one turned out to be a snoozer. Mejia was impressive early but mediocre overall (five innings, eight hits, four runs, two strikeouts and two wild pitches) while Zambrano was effective but didn't do anything insane (seven innings, four hits, two runs, eight strikeouts).

Mejia sent the Cubbies down 1-2-3 in the first inning, punctuated by a Marlon Byrd swinging strikeout for out number three. After that, things got a little dicey for the 20 year-old. He allowed ten baserunners over the next four innings, resulting in four Cub runs via Geovany Soto RBI double, Xavier Nady sacrifice fly, Byrd RBI double and Byrd eventually scoring on a wild pitch. I suppose it will be nice to have a look at Mejia-as-starting-pitcher this final month but hopefully he spends a full year at Triple-A in 2011. His ability to finish off major league batters is not refined. Aramis Ramirez added a solo home run off Elmer Dessens in the seventh inning.

There was some brief excitement on the basepaths -- Carlos Beltran stole second and Luis Castillo stole home as part of a delayed double steal in the fourth inning and Ruben Tejada added a rare stolen base as well. Beltran went 3-for-4 with a double. Ike Davis also had a day for himself, hitting a solo home run off Zambrano in the seventh inning and going 2-for-4 overall. Carlos Marmol struck out three in the ninth inning around an Ike single, and has now tallied an outrageous 118 strikeouts in just 65.1 innings. That's 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings. League average is 7.1.

Jon Niese will do his best to help the Mets avoid a Chi-town sweep against Ryan Dempster, Sunday at 2:20 PM.

Poem by Howard Megdal

All hail Mejia! With fastball that blazes
His secondary pitches still in awkward phases
I ask all Mets officials who have some clout
A debut in Chi-town with wind blowing out?

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* Bleed Cubbie Blue Gamethread

Win Probability Added

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Big winners: Carlos Beltran +16.7%, Luis Castillo +4.2%
Big losers: Jenrry Mejia -17.9% (as pitcher), David Wright -14.9%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Carlos Beltran single +10.6%
Teh sux0rest play: Geovany Soto RBI double -10.7%
Total pitcher WPA: -18.7%
Total batter WPA: -31.3%
GWRBI!: N/A

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by Brooklyn Dodgers Mets Fan; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 Brooklyn Dodgers Mets Fan 166
2 KeithsMoustache 110
3 jdon 104
4 MookieTheCat 83
5 aparkermarshall 76
6 HELLYEAHGARYOAK 68
7 Gina 59
8 MetsFan4Decades 41
9 itsmetsforme 35
10 lstorie1971 31