NEW YORK — — Jacob deGrom and the primary-place Mets have been alleged to beat up on all these unhealthy opponents this month.
Instead, the underside feeders have been nothing however hassle.
New York’s ace was outpitched by journeyman Adrian Sampson, and the pissed off Mets mustered little offense once more Tuesday night time in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
“Finishing off an excellent season is basically difficult,” Mets supervisor Buck Showalter mentioned. “Because you see the end line. You’re attempting to get there and sort of generally get away from the issues that received you there.”
Ian Happ homered deep into the second deck on a 99 mph fastball from deGrom (5-2), and No. 9 batter David Bote added his second house run of the season for the Cubs (60-82), who gained the sequence opener 5-2 on Monday.
One night time later, the scuffling Mets squandered one other potential probability to extend their slim NL East lead over Atlanta, which performed later in San Francisco. New York is 5-6 in a 16-recreation stretch in opposition to Washington, Pittsburgh, Miami and Chicago — all greater than 20 video games underneath .500 this season.
“Tonight’s on me. I wanted to go on the market and put up zeros and simply wasn’t capable of do it,” mentioned deGrom, who struck out 10 in six innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner gave up three runs and 4 hits with no stroll.
Pete Alonso barely missed a two-run homer within the first when it hooked simply foul, and the slugger slammed down his bat after drawing a stroll.
That ticked off Sampson, and the 2 exchanged heated phrases earlier than the umpires spoke immediately to every of them.
“I used to be identical to, `Just do not try this.’ It does not look good. It’s not a part of our recreation,” Sampson mentioned. “It was a non-subject. I’ve quite a lot of respect for the man. … There’s no exhausting emotions.”
Said Alonso: “I wasn’t upset that he did not throw the ball within the zone, I used to be upset that the wind blew it foul. … It’s simply two guys which can be within the warmth of the second, simply competing. He’s clearly a extremely aggressive particular person and so am I. There’s no unhealthy blood or something like that.”
Alonso launched his thirty fourth homer within the ninth in opposition to Brandon Hughes, who received 5 outs to complete it. New York managed solely 4 hits in opposition to three Cubs pitchers and was booed a bit by the Citi Field crowd of 26,435.
The Mets have dropped 4 consecutive house video games for the primary time since final September.
“We’re a very good crew and I really feel like we have now all of the items to beat this adversity,” Alonso mentioned.
Sampson (2-5) allowed two hits and 4 walks in six shutout innings. He struck out three and rose to the event in opposition to deGrom.
“I feel it helps me as a result of the surface issue is everybody expects him to win, so it isn’t any stress on me,” Sampson mentioned. “I feel he has extra stress on him to carry out reasonably than me.”
The 30-12 months-previous righty is pitching for his third main league crew in 5 seasons, plus a shaky 2020 12 months within the Korean Baseball Organization. He had by no means thrown six scoreless innings within the majors earlier than, though he fared properly on the mound this month.
“Just did not hold stress on him,” Showalter mentioned.
Happ homered main off the second. Aided by catcher James McCann’s throwing error, Chicago scored twice off deGrom within the fourth on Yan Gomes’ sacrifice fly and Patrick Wisdom’s security squeeze.
Bote went deep in opposition to reliever Seth Lugo within the seventh to make it 4-0.
It was the primary time deGrom gave up greater than two earned runs at Citi Field since Aug. 29, 2019, in opposition to the Cubs. He went 24 straight house begins in between, a significant league file. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 39 consecutive begins, matching Jim Scott (1913-14) for the longest streak in huge league historical past.
After dropping six straight sequence, the Cubs have gained one for the primary time since taking two of three video games in opposition to Milwaukee from Aug. 19-21 They have consecutive wins for the primary time since a 5-recreation streak from Aug. 16-20
Cubs: CF Rafael Ortega exited within the fourth after getting hit on the fingers by a pitch he bunted foul. … SS Nico Hoerner (triceps) was feeling higher and deliberate to undergo somewhat gentle baseball exercise earlier than the sport to find out if he could possibly be accessible off the bench. … RHP Keegan Thompson, on the 15-day injured record since Aug. 20 with decrease again tightness, is anticipated to make a minor league rehab begin Friday. … LHP Steven Brault (shoulder pressure) threw a bullpen. … LHP Justin Steele (low again pressure) threw a bullpen Monday that went as anticipated. He is eligible to come back off the injured record Saturday.
Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (left indirect irritation) is scheduled to make a rehab begin Wednesday with Triple-A Syracuse. If all goes properly, he is anticipated to come back off the injured record early subsequent week in Milwaukee. … RHP Tylor Megill (proper shoulder pressure) and RHP Drew Smith (proper lat pressure) each pitched at Syracuse. After a prolonged delay initially, Megill gave up 5 runs, three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He threw solely 15 of 29 pitches for strikes throughout his fourth rehab outing. Smith struck out two in a scoreless inning of labor. Megill, usually a starter, is anticipated to fill a bullpen function when he returns, which could possibly be quickly. … All-Star RF Starling Marte has been sidelined since final week with a partial fracture of his proper center finger. “It’s going to be sluggish,” Showalter mentioned. “It’s going to heal, and it’ll heal earlier than the season’s over. Depending on what season you are speaking about.”
LHP Drew Smyly (6-8, 3.57 ERA) tries to pitch Chicago to a sequence sweep Wednesday night time. LHP David Peterson (7-4, 3.47) goes for the Mets.