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In a match-up of unreliable bullpens, the Mets’ relievers faltered last in a 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs in the rubber game of a three-game series Wednesday. Derek Lee took Health Bell deep to lead off the tenth, after the Mets tied the game 3-3 in the 9th off new Cubs closer Ryan Dempster. Bell's mistake wasted a decent outing from Victor Zambrano, who lasted six innings.

When Gothamist gets concerned about the Mets, it’s because of pitchers like Victor Zambrano. His lack of control (25 walks in 38 innings!) should make more than us concerned. He pitched well on Wednesday, and so did the bullpen until Bell surrendered the home run. Losses are always tougher in games where even the fine efforts of struggling players cannot bring a victory.

Also struggling is Jose Reyes, who has no business hitting leadoff. Yes, he’s fast, but that is his only qualification for the role. He is 4 for his last 29, dropping his average down to .250. His on base percentage is a woeful .275, and it took him until May 3 to get his first walk of the year. Gothamist wonders when Willie Randolph, who’s done a fine job otherwise, will realize that the worst hitter in the line-up should not be batting lead-off. The Mets flew back to New York after Wednesday’s game and will host St. Louis in a three-game series beginning Friday.

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