Rizzo leads off, goes long; Happ hits slam as Cubs rout Mets

14 Juin, 2017, 06:02 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
  • Rizzo leads off, goes long; Happ hits slam as Cubs rout Mets

Instead, when Wheeler did make that trek to the dugout, the Mets were on the wrong side of a blowout.

Wheeler surrendered a career-high eight runs while tossing a career-low 1 2/3 innings in a 14-1 loss to the Cubs at Citi Field. He allowed a run and five hits over seven innings.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Mets are +115 money line underdogs versus the Cubs, who have odds of -139 to win tonight on the road.

Batting lead-off was always an intriguing thought for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo so when he got his chance on Tuesday against the New York Mets he took advantage of it. Rizzo homered off of Zack Wheeler to open the game in his first career plate appearance hitting in the leadoff spot.

Lester entered the at-bat 2-for-24 on the year and 12-for-181 in his career, but Wheeler fired him a 94 miles per hour fastball down the middle that he slapped into left for a single. And, it sounds like Rizzo has been lobbying to give it a shot.

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In their first season since Dexter Fowler's departure, the Cubs entered Tuesday ranked 24th in the majors with a.306 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot.

Happ is now slugging.512 after the opposite-field blast.

Wheeler's outing also ended a stretch of four consecutive games in which Mets pitchers allowed one or fewer runs. Teams rarely announce during the game that players were removed because of the score. Both scored on a two-run double by Addison Russell, which knocked Wheeler from the game after he recorded just five outs. By the time the Mets came to bat again in the second inning, they were already behind seven runs due to Wheeler's rough inning. Lester was handed a 1-0 lead courtesy of Kris Bryant's solo home run in the first inning, but that advantage would not stand for long.

Will this last? Can the Cubs find the magic from a year ago, getting the consistent hitting and starting pitching that won them a World Series?

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