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Cubs 9, Mets 3: Dickey Hurt, Beato Beaten, Misch Mashed

The Mets might have a new hotshot minority-stake owner, but they still don't have much offense and their pitching just got a bit worse. R.A. Dickey left the game in the third inning with a right heel injury, and Pedro Beato and Pat Misch conspired to allow seven runs on eight hits over the next 2⅓ innings to put the game out of reach.

Offensively, the Mets collected nine hits and four walks but struggled with runners in scoring position, going just 1-for-12 as a team in those situations and leaving nine men on base as a result.

What's more, Francisco Rodriguez was brought in to wrap up the bottom of the eighth inning after Jason Isringhausen ran into trouble, and he (Rodriguez) added another Game Finished to his 2011 resume, his nineteenth of the season, which puts him ahead of the pace to finish the 55 games required for his $17.5 million option for 2012 to vest.

The Mets have dropped four of five to the Yankees and Cubs and now head home to face the division-leading Phillies this weekend with far more questions than answers.

SB Nation Coverage

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

Win Probability Added

Big winners: R.A. Dickey, +11.1% WPA, Jose Reyes, +9.4% WPA
Big losers: Pedro Beato, -34.3% WPA, Pat Misch, -13.0% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Reyes double-and-score in third, +11.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Pena two-run home run in fourth, -20.1% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -36.3% WPA
Total batter WPA: -13.7% WPA
GWRBI!: Carlos Zambrano

Game Thread Roll Call

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

Num Name # of Posts
1 astromets 144
2 KeithsMoustache 114
3 mistermet 102
4 freakystyley 86
5 Hoyadestroya85 82
6 MetsFan4Decades 79
7 TKFJ 64
8 Kepler 54
9 blueandorange4life 51
10 fxcarden 43