Things you should know about tonight's game...
News and notes...
1) Jacob deGrom rebounded from two of the worst starts of his career to toss his second career complete game. He allowed a solo homer to Addison Russell with two outs in the seventh to spoil his scoreless outing. DeGrom (5-3) yielded five hits and four walks while striking out six.
2) Asdrubal Cabrera hit a pair of solo homers and Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer to account for four of the Mets' six runs. Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI double in the eighth and scored on Jose Reyes' single. Cabrera and d'Arnaud each went 2-for-4 while Bruce was 3-for-3 with a walk while falling a triple shy of the cycle.
3) New York turned four double plays through the first six innings.
4) Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a sore left heel after flying out to end the bottom of the fifth.
Post-game reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
Coming into this game, the Mets looked like they finally found their spark. Between that and Keith Hernandez being back in the booth, Mets fans were excited. But, Jacob deGrom had not looked so hot in his prior two starts. So despite this excitement, there was still concern.
But, deGrom calmed all our nerves and dominanted. Yes, he gave up a homer in the seventh but besides that, he looked back to his normal self, which was refreshing to see. Almost as refreshing as it was to have a pitcher throw a complete game for the first time this season. Quite the beautiful bounce back for deGrom -- one that should be leaving him happy and confident.
However, the Mets had quite the embarrassing moment in the top of the second. Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera failed to communicate on an infield popup and bumped into each other, resulting in neither of them catching the ball. Cabrera was charged with the error, and Mets fans everywhere continued to beg for Amed Rosario to be called up.
Cabrera did then hit a homer at his next at-bat. And then he hit another homer at his second at-bat. Evidently, Cabrera heard the above concerns of Mets fans, and is trying to compensate.
Besides the above-mentioned error, the Mets defense looked good -- successfully turning a double play in four straight innings.
All of this sounds great, right? Like Mets fans should be happy? But it was all overshadowed by the fact that Cespedes was taken out of the game after the fifth inning due to a sore heel. Panic Citi arose. Is this going to be the trend for Cespedes the rest of the season?
Let's try as hard as we can to instead focus on the fact that deGrom beautifully pitched a complete game. That the Mets have won four in a row. I know I'm currently a happy Mets fan, and you all should be too. >> To follow Michelle on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets have won four straight and five of six overall. It's the first time they've won four straight since a season-high five-game winning streak from April 9-13.
New York has defeated Chicago five consecutive times at Citi Field dating back to last season, and seven straight including Games 1 and 2 of the 2015 NLCS.
The Mets are in the midst of a stretch where they play 15 consecutive games against teams that made the postseason in 2016.
Bruce is batting .385 (15-for-39) with five homers and 10 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak. He has at least one extra-base hit in five straight games and leads the Mets with 17 home runs and 45 RBIs.
The Mets have allowed one run or less in four straight games. The starters have surrendered four runs in their last 41 2/3 innings (0.86 ERA).
DeGrom threw the Mets' last complete game on July 17, 2016 against the Phillies.
Cabrera went deep twice in the same game for the first time since last Aug. 26. It was his third multi-homer game with the Mets and the sixth of his career.
The Mets (28-33) aim to stretch their winning streak to five when they face the Cubs (31-32) at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (3-3, 3.45 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) carries a 2.41 ERA in his last seven starts into Tuesday's outing. The 27-year-old has surrendered two runs or less in six of those starts, including last Wednesday against the Rangers. Wheeler allowed one run over seven innings but received a no-decision in the Mets' 4-3 win. He is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two career appearances against Chicago.
Jon Lester (3-4, 4.13 ERA 1.35 WHIP) takes the hill with losses in two of his last three starts to go along with a 8.16 ERA. The southpaw was reached for four runs over five innings in a loss to the Rockies last Thursday in Denver. Lester is 3-1 with a 4.67 ERA in five career regular-season starts against the Mets.