March 24, 2018

Bryant homers as Cubs beat Mets 8-3

14 September 2017, 12:34 | Rufus Hill

Citi Field will play host to the Cardinals as the Mets open the 2018 season vs. St. Louis

Citi Field will play host to the Cardinals as the Mets open the 2018 season vs. St. Louis

The Cubs then travel to Milwaukee, who are now two and a half games out, and St. Louis for eight straight games later this month before they finish the season at home, against the Reds. He allowed five hits and issued a career-high five walks with his ERA rising to 5.58. Arrieta has not pitched since leaving his September 4 start at Pittsburgh with a right-hamstring injury.

"We had some opportunities even early in this game, and KB's homer really turned the tide", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Bryant's shot, which put Chicago ahead 4-1 in the fourth.

The Cubs welcomed what used to be the Mets to Wrigley Field for a three-game series.

Again, the expectations of the Cubs repeating what they accomplished past year is a ship that has long since left the shore and struck an iceberg. The Mets are a +245 underdog, while the over-under is set at 8.5. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last nine games.

"It happens to every team at some point", Maddon said "It's contagious to hit as well as it is contagious to not hit". The logistics of the trip are weird because it has then going to down to Texas, to come back up to OH, and then back down to Texas again.

And, Rizzo added, "We're going to get hot".

Mariners 10, Rangers 3: Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and Seattle beat Texas in a matchup of wild card hopefuls. The reigning NL MVP last went deep and drove in a run on August 31 vs. the Atlanta Braves. In a season in which the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians have taken turns looking unbeatable, the Cubs, with a current record of 78-66, have looked just good enough to repeat as division winners, but nothing more.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Bryant drove a 3-2 pitch from Gsellman to left-center for his 26th homer.

On Tuesday, Willson Contreras made his first start since being activated from the disabled list.

"I hit the three bucket-listers for me there". Shortstop Addison Russell has been out since August 3 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and he isn't even running at full speed. In 42 games from June 19 until the injury, the 25-year-old hit.299 with 16 HRs and 39 RBIs. He will field first base and hit eighth in the Mets' order. He missed six weeks because of a stress injury in his right shoulder blade. Jose Quintana gave up two earned runs over seven innings to earn the win.

NY scored the game's first run in the fourth inning on a groundout by Travis Taijeron and Chicago answered quickly. Asdrubal Cabrera was 3-for-5 with a double to lead the Mets. He was selected by NY in the eighth round of the 2012 draft.

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