No. Mets. Please. Don’t go …
After a wonky start to this one, the Cubs continued the pantsing they started when this series opened on Tuesday, beating the Mets again by a lopsided score, and taking the series 39-14. Or 3 to 0. However you want to score it.
The Jen-Ho Tseng one-game experiment did not go as hoped, with the Mets jumping all over him when he was in the zone. You could see the bones of a workable big league pitcher, but the command is going to have to be excellent in his future outings, whenever those may be. Meanwhile, Tseng’s batterymate, Taylor Davis, was also making his first big league start, and he, too, had some struggles. When Tseng left after the third inning, Davis left, too. At least Davis notched his first big league hit, and Tseng drove in a run with a grounder.
The offense (and Mets pitching, and Mets misplays – including the hilarious final out) took the reigns from there, exploding for another double-digit run total, and getting contributions up and down the lineup. Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled, singled, and stole two bases. Kyle Schwarber had a couple hits, and Albert Almora had another couple RBI in relief of Schwarber. Jason Heyward homered.
Bonus: Mike Montgomery threw just 35 pitches in this one, covering two innings of work, so he should be available for this weekend’s series against the Cardinals. Brian Duensing threw only 21 pitches in his two innings of work. That, too, is good.
Cubs win, Cubs win big, Cubs sweep. Bigger games loom, but for tonight, we dance.