Jacob deGrom didn't have his best stuff today on the mound, and only scored one run as an offensive entity, so the Mets accordingly fell 6-1 as the Cubs finish the season series by winning all seven games.
The rest of the team did what they've been doing lately: nothing good. They had four hits from people not named deGrom; one (Daniel Murphy) got picked off first base by the catcher and one (Johnny Monell) got doubled off base. So not a lot of offensive opportunity today, but they still foundered to a 1-for-6 showing with runners in scoring position. Curtis Granderson drove in the only run with a double that scored deGrom to tie the game, 1-1, in the third.
An error by Murphy set up the go-ahead run for the Cubs in the fifth, and light-hitting Jonathan Herrera hit his first home run in two years on deGrom's last pitch of the day in the sixth. deGrom struggled with command at times as his pitch count ran to 115 over five and one-third innings, while giving up seven hits and two walks. He was touched up for four runs (three earned), and only struck out two—none after the second inning.
The only bright spot for the Mets was another sterling outing by Logan Verrett, who went two and two-thirds innings without allowing a hit, while striking out three and walking two. Alex Torres pitched the ninth and gave up a two-run homer to Miguel Montero to provide the final margin.
The Mets have now scored more than two runs twice in the last fifteen games, while scoring zero or one run in eight of those games. They start a West Coast swing in Los Angeles tomorrow night with Noah Syndergaard pitted against Clayton Kershaw.
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