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Cubs 5, Mets 4: To Err Is Human, To Err Four Times Is TRADE THE CORE

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Or, in the memetic vernacular of Amazin' Avenue: TRAID TEH COEUR!

Chris Capuano turned in one of his better pitching performances of the season and the Mets, trailing throughout the game, scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead. Bobby Parnell and David Wright did terrible things to that slender lead in the top of the ninth, conspiring to allow two Cubs runs to score en route to a 5-4 loss.

Wright and Jose Reyes — known collectively by the sobriquet "The Core" (or "The Coeur") — combined for four errors which led to three unearned runs for Mets pitchers. At the plate, Wright went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Reyes managed just 1-for-5 — also with a run batted in — to lower his average to .333, two points ahead of Ryan Braun.

Jason Bay went 2-for-4 with a couple rib-eye steaks and has his OPS up to .700 for the first time in a month. Lucas Duda had two hits as well, one of them a double, and is hitting .281/.348/.474 for the season.

Angel Pagan went 0-for-4 but swiped his 30th base in 36 attempts (83.3% success rate), his second straight season with at least 30 steals (he had 37 last year). He's just the seventh Met with back-to-back 30-steal seasons. The others:

Frank Tavaras, 1979-1980
Lee Mazzilli, 1979-1980
Mookie Wilson, 1982-1984
Wally Backman, 1984-1985
Howard Johnson, 1989-1991
Jose Reyes, 2005-2008, 2010-2011

Only Wilson and Reyes have had at least 35 steals in two consecutive seasons, so Pagan would join that group if he can snag five more in the next few weeks.

The Mets wrap up their series with the Cubs on Sunday night when Miguel Batista takes on Matt Garza at 8:05pm EDT at Citi Field. John Franco will throw — and Mike Piazza will receive — the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

SB Nation Coverage

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

Win Probability Added

Big winners: #ason Bay, +51.8% WPA, David Wright, +22.5% WPA
Big losers: Bobby Parnell, -68.0% WPA, Angel Pagan, -29.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Bay two-run single in eighth, +55.5% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Ramirez two-run single in ninth, -65.5% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -69.6% WPA
Total batter WPA: +19.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Aramis Ramirez

Game Thread Roll Call

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

Num Name # of Posts
1 BobbyV_Incognito 126
2 MetsFan4Decades 87
3 graves9 80
4 the caveman 67
5 Russ 57
6 Steve Schreiber 49
7 TWilliAM 47
8 Terry_is_God 46
9 robotoverlord 39
10 Hoyadestroya85 31