Steven Matz  pitched well on Sunday afternoon, showing no signs of any woes from an injured finger.
This concludes the good-news portion of the recap.
Everything else was trash, and familiar trash at that: bad defense, zero offense, a certain fatal sleepiness. The Cubs beat the Mets , 2-0, completing a four-game sweep in which they never seemed seriously threatened.
The game turned on two plays at home plate, a locale the Mets never glimpsed during their cameos as baserunners.
The first came in the seventh. Javier Baez  singled but looked gimpy at first, to put it mildly. Baez looked like he’d need a limb amputated, and was just remaining in the game out of doggedness. This was eyewash: Baez managed to reach third on a single by Willson Contreras , then took an enormous lead off third as Matz — apparently wearing blinders — tried to keep Contreras close. As Matz turned towards first, Baez jetted home. Adrian Gonzalez  took the pickoff and threw home, but it was far too late. 1-0 Cubs.
That lone run was enough to beat Matz, but the Cubs weren’t done. With one out and runners again on the corners, Ben Zobrist  spun a little pop fly behind second, drifting towards right. As Luis Guillorme  twisted and backpedaled, Jay Bruce  passed up a far easier path to the ball, regarding it as if he was a signatory to a nonaggression pact. Guillorme made the play — he makes most plays — but was in no position to throw to anyone except the ballboy, last seen doing more for the 2018 Mets than Jose Reyes . Contreras trotted home and the Cubs had an unnecessary insurance run.
That was it. A Cubs team doing everything right, a Mets team doing enough wrong, a loss, a sweep, a once-promising season grinding deeper into the dust. Something has to change, but there’s precious little indication that it will.