The Cubs Time To Win Is Now, New York Mets Series Preview

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

Luckily, Kris Bryant prevented the ball from getting away. Gsellman will make his first career start against the Cubs.

"In 2015 we were thankful we got in the playoffs", Kris Bryant said after hitting a three-run home run that vaulted the Cubs to an 8-3 win over the Mets. The Mets have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. "Especially when that was one of the biggest question marks. It happened to be a home run".

With the three straight losses to the Brewers, the NL Central-leading Cubs (77-66) lead the division by just two games over the St. Louis Cardinals and 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee. He'll face the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday. Sep.

During that span, the Cubs' offense was sputtering. Chicago had scored only 16 runs in eight previous games - and eight of those runs came in one game at Pittsburgh when Lester was on the mound.

"I think you enjoy the pennant race", Maddon said. Nobody is talking about it here. "Just good signs all around". He allowed five hits and issued a career-high five walks with his ERA rising to 5.58. The left-hander helped his cause by driving in Chicago's first run with a squeeze bunt.

"It was a really good night for us", he said. "This win was really important for us". They are a team that has posted double-digit run performances six times in the last month, but the Cubs have also allowed 10 or more runs four times as well. (So) right now, you need to trust your guys more than anything. "All those walks are going to lead to runs".

Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for NY.

The Mets had given the 23-year old a brief 1-0 lead in the fourth. After Javier Baez came up short, Quintana helped himself with a attractive squeeze bunt up the first base line. The first baseman was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts Tuesday, and he has nine hits in his past 40-at bats with no homers and six RBIs.

Anthony Rizzo did that on Tuesday afternoon, sending a message through the reporters crowded around his locker inside the Wrigley Field clubhouse.

Brewers 5, Pirates 2: Eric Thames hit his 29th home run and Domingo Santana went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Milwaukee. He gave up 2 runs over five innings.

Schwarber and Ian Happ also homered before Bryant tacked on a deep sacrifice fly in the eighth. Pedro Strop got two ground outs (Norichika Aoki's drove in the 3rd run) to end the game. Quintana had his first, and only, 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, and the Cubs extended the lead to 6-2 on a Javy Baez double/Ben Zobrist single combo.

"Even though he hit some homers this year at Triple-A, that is a league conducive to home runs", Collins said. Contreras went on the DL on August 11 due to a right hamstring strain. "So it's nice to win a game after three not-so-good games". Arrieta still isn't ready for a bullpen session, and a return date for the right-hander hasn't been set. Arrieta could pitch next week versus Tampa Bay.

NY recalled catcher Tomas Nido from Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, but he didn't play.

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