Game 144 Recap: Cubs 8, Mets 3

The Chicago Cubs celebrate the team's 17-5 win over the New York Mets in a baseball game Wednesday Sept. 13 2017 in Chicago

Maddon has instead stuck to his script, seeming to understand that if the Cubs are going to win another championship this season (their title in 1908, after all, followed one in 1907) it will have to be along a bumpier road than last season's.

The Cardinals' 20-game interleague schedule will feature a home-and-home series (three games each) with the Royals (May 21-23 at Busch Stadium, Aug. 10-12 at Kansas City) and a home-and-home series (two games each) with the White Sox (May 1-2 at Busch Stadium, July 10-11 in Chicago) and the Twins (May 7-8 at Busch Stadium, May 15-16 at Minnesota).

Lester is 4-1 with a 3.97 ERA in six career starts vs. the Mets, including a 14-3 victory in NY on June 13 when he struck out 10 and allowed one run in seven innings.

With Chicago's first-place lead in the National League Central dwindling, the Cubs couldn't afford to wait much longer. He allowed two runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk over five innings in his last start, a 7-2 home victory over Cincinnati. He walked five and struck out four. Arrieta still isn't ready for a bullpen session, and a return date for the right-hander hasn't been set.


The Chicago Cubs have opened online registration for fans seeking to buy tickets for potential postseason games at Wrigley Field. They never relinquished the lead as they kept on putting leadoff on men throughout the game (in seven of eight innings they batted) and adding runs, including home runs by Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ.

"You got to just keep working your way through it".

Kris Bryant's fourth-inning, three-run home run. Coming into the day, the reigning NL MVP was batting just.176 (6 for 34) with no RBIs in September. Then they allowed the game's first run in the top of the fourth. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 5.82 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. Ben Zobrist was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and an RBI.

The Next Level: For the first three and a half innings, the game was less than ideal for the Cubs. Jose Quintana gave up two earned runs over seven innings to earn the win. Asdrubal Cabrera touched Quintana up for three hits.

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