Mets infielder Daniel Murphy registered just his fourth hit in 26 at-bats on Tuesday night against the Cubs, a slump that goes back nine games. The entire month has been a struggle for Murphy, though, as he is 15-for-79 (.190) in 22 games. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's seen signs of Murphy breaking out of his slump, and he hopes he does soon. "He's swung the bat pretty good lately," Collins said. "He's hit the ball on the button three or four times in the Yankees series. I'm hoping it's starting to get back into play, his stroke. If he hits like he's capable of hitting, our lineup's a whole different lineup." Cubs: Patience paying off for Rizzo
At times, it wasn't easy for the Cubs new first baseman Anthony Rizzo to wait to be called up to the big club. But he could have been doing worse things than playing in the Minor Leagues, he said. "I was playing baseball every day, so I look at it that way," said Rizzo, who played in his first game on Tuesday after being brought up from Triple-A. "It wasn't that tough -- I was playing the game I love so much every day." Rizzo made a splash in his first game with Chicago, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a 5-3 win over the Mets. Before the game, he said he was able to make it to the Majors and deliver such plays because he kept his head on straight and stayed focused on the ultimate goal while in the Minors. "Just knowing what the big leagues is like and seeing the guys up here play, you just want to be here," he said. "Every Minor League guy has that passion down there to get up here and be better." Worth Noting
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija will look for his first win since May 29 on Wednesday. He is 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA in his last four starts and hasn't lasted longer than 5 1/3 innings in those appearances. Mets third baseman David Wright had what was the longest active hitting streak in the Majors (15) snapped on Tuesday with an 0-for-3 performance. He was batting .362 during the streak.