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  • 10 Jun
    CHICAGO — When the Chicago Cubs added Cole Hamels to their
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    , they didn’t necessarily expect he would play such a
    pivotal role in helping their postseason chances.But since arriving in Chicago,
    Hamels has delivered. And then some.Heading into Tuesday’s start against the New
    York Mets at Wrigley Field, Hamels has yet to lose as a member of the Cubs and
    is coming off an outing in which he delivered Chicago’s first complete game of
    the season.Article continues below ...After struggling for much of the year with
    the Texas Rangers, Hamels is 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA in five starts with the Cubs.
    Hamels was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA with Texas.“To be a major league pitcher, you’re
    going to have some tough times,” Hamels told reporters after his win over the
    Reds ,
    according to the Chicago Tribune. “You can’t give in.”He added: “There are
    moments you have to earn it.”With the Cubs and Hamels rolling, the veteran
    left-hander will attempt to keep it going against the Mets. Hamels (9-9, 3.82)
    will be looking to help the Cubs extend their winning streak to six games after
    Monday night’s 7-4 victory over the Mets.Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.99 ERA in 32
    career starts against the Mets but should have plenty of momentum given the
    groove he has been in since coming to Chicago. The change of scenery — and
    playing for a contending team — has worked wonders.“When there’s more at stake,
    you bring out the big guns. You dig down deep to who you are,” Hamels told USA
    Today recently. “You don’t hold anything back and you just let it fly. Who you
    are finally gets exposed out there to the public eye and to your teammates.”The
    Mets will attempt to bounce back from their second straight loss. A day after
    suffering a 15-0 setback to the Washington Nationals, the Mets couldn’t hold a
    3-1 lead and were done in by a two-run single by pitcher Jon
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    , who gave the Cubs the lead. Ben Zobrist snapped a 4-4 tie
    in the seventh inning with an RBI double.On Tuesday, the Mets will counter with
    Jacob DeGrom, whose performance this year has been much better than his 8-8
    record suggests. DeGrom touts a major league-best 1.71 ERA in 26 appearances
    this year and 174 innings pitched. He is coming off a tough-luck loss to the San
    Francisco Giants in which he allowed two runs (one earned) with 10 strikeouts.
    DeGrom is 2-2 with a 3.47 ERA in six career starts against the Cubs.Despite
    often struggling to receive much run support from the Mets’ offense, DeGrom has
    done his part to keep the team competitive. Between the lack of offensive help
    and having the bullpen implode after some of DeGrom’s solid starts, he is stuck
    with the .500 record when his stuff has been good enough to make him a bona fide
    Cy Young contender if the Mets would have held up their end of the
    bargain.Rather than getting wrapped up in hypotheticals, DeGrom instead focuses
    on himself. “If you’re the best you can
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    , you’re going to help the team win,” DeGrom said earlier
    this month, according to “That’s how I take it. I’m going to go out
    there and be the best that I can be and if I am, it’s going to put us in pretty
    good position to win.” Jarrod Dyson was not the only Diamondback with some
    outfield web gems this year."Even putting aside the one-man highlight reel that
    was Jarrod Dyson this season, the D-backs still managed to have their share of
    web gems from the other outfielders. A.J. Pollock may have had his usual spell
    on the DL, but still demonstrated why he was a past Gold Glove winner. David
    Peralta continued to
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    , and you’d never imagine he was a converted pitcher. Even
    the much-maligned Steven Souza had his moments, and stand-ins Jon Jay and Chris
    Owings also made their fair share of plays. Here’s one from each man, with the
    aim to showcase a broad variety of plays from diving grabs, to leaps and throws.
    6/17: Peralta lays out to make a great diving grab9/4: Pollock makes a sliding
    grab in right-center9/8: Souza Jr. makes a terrific grab at the wall6/28: Jay
    slides into the wall for superb catch6/16: Owings cuts down Nimmo at the plate
    in 6th