CHICAGO — Instead of marching into the All-Star break with a four-game sweep, the Mets will have four days to forget their final game of the first half.

The Amazin’s wanted a better result in the series finale at Wrigley Field that wrapped up an otherwise successful road trip. Their one-run lead was erased in the eighth inning when Drew Smith coughed up three singles across five batters faced. When Buck Showalter trotted out of the dugout to yank Smith from his disappointing outing, it was too late. The damage had been done.

“I still feel like I’m on a good path so I’m not going to let this one linger past the All-Star break,” Smith said, who’s allowed runs in five of his last seven relief appearances.

The Mets offense failed to scratch a run against reliever David Robertson in the top of the ninth inning and they fell, 3-2, to the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. They took three out of four from the Cubs and still managed to win their 21st series of the year. The Mets will open the second half, on Friday against the Padres at Citi Field, with a 2.5 game first-place lead.

The first leg of their seven-game road trip featured a much-anticipated three-game series in Atlanta. The Mets refused to roll over, taking game one, losing the second, then coming back to win the rubber match and the series. It was a triumph for the Mets, a gritty Showalter-led team that knows the Braves are right on their tails and it’s going to be a dogfight until the very end.

“I knew coming in this was going to be a challenging trip,” Showalter said. “I felt like a lot of adrenaline would carry us through Atlanta, but this would be a challenge. I’m really proud of them winning two series on the road. This is the time of year when everybody’s tank is being challenged.”

In the Mets clubhouse, it’s unanimous: despite their loss on Sunday, it’s pretty incredible they enter the All-Star break 23 games over .500. They own the franchise’s second-best first-half record (58-35) behind only the 1986 team (59-25), and they did it without Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, who was sidelined for seven weeks with an oblique strain.

“Happy,” said Francisco Lindor, who has an 11-game hitting streak, regarding the team’s first half. “We played good ball. We showed a lot of professionalism. A …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Mets lose series finale vs. Cubs, but team is satisfied going into All-Star break: ‘We played good ball’

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