Jeremy Hefner allowed four runs, all coming in the fourth inning. Two of those runs scored on a two-out, two-run double by Cubs starter Scott Feldman.
Robert Carson allowed a home run to Anthony Rizzo in the fifth inning, and Collin McHugh allowed three runs in two innings in his 2013 debut.
Rick Ankiel hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning - it was his second home run since being signed earlier this week.
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 today, has a seven game hitting streak and he's now hitting .500 (14-for-28) over his last seven games.
Ike Davis went 0-for-4 to lower his average to .156 for the season - he's now 9-for-75 when hitting cleanup this season.
The Mets left seven men on-base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
The Mets fell to 0-9 the game following a start by Matt Harvey, and the Mets are 0-8 in games started by Jeremy Hefner this season.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
I couldn't believe Hefner gave up a two-out, two-run double to the pitcher in the fourth inning. Seriously, Jeremy? He had a chance to get out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam with only two runs allowed, then that happened. I mean, come on...
After they fell down 4-0 after four innings, the game felt over to me. The offense just isn't good enough to compete when the starting pitching gives up crooked numbers early, and that's what happened today. Unfortunately, that's been a routine occurrence for the Mets this year, as the starting pitching has been awful and the bullpen isn't much better, although I still believe they're being overused and overexposed on a daily basis as a result of a mostly ineffective rotation.
Speaking of the bullpen, Robert Carson has been miserable since being recalled. He's allowed seven home runs in only 11 innings this season, and he's allowed three homers to left-handed hitters in only 19 plate appearances. I did like what I saw from him in his second inning of work today, as he used more breaking pitches than he normally does and got some quick outs. He was seen talking to Dan Warthen in the dugout after the fifth inning, and so perhaps that was an adjustment they were talking about.
Overall, chalk up another bad day for the Mets. They had their opportunities early, but they stranded four runners over the first two innings and had opportunities - two of which with runners at third - and failed to get anything. That helped set an unpleasant tone for this game.
The Mets will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series against the Cubs tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field, with Dillon Gee facing Travis Wood at 2:20 pm ET.