MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Cubs, 8:05 PM

An article by posted on June 3, 2014

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The Mets open a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night at 8:05 PM. RHP Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) will oppose RHP Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20) for the Cubs.

Wheeler is averaging 8.90 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking 11th among NL pitchers. Wheeler is averaging 94.5 mph with his fastball this season, the fourth-highest amongst NL starters.

David Wright is second among NL third basemen with 565,982 votes, trailing Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, who has 590,745 votes. Daniel Murphy is fifth among NL second basemen with 298,611 votes. Philadelphia’s Chase Utley is first with 974,196 votes.

Starting Lineup

  1. Matt den Dekker – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP 

The Mets road trip continues tonight as the Mets start a series in Wrigley. The last five games were a marathon for the Mets who played the rare five game set in Philly, playing over 57 innings and winning four games. Now the Mets find themselves one game below .500 and 3.5 games out of first. It is actually who amazing about how this time last week things were looking bleak and now there’s a lot of optimism starting to brew. Tonight, Wheeler will get the start of the Mets as they take on Jake Arrieta and the Cubbies.

Zack Wheeler is 2-5 over the first 11 starts of the year with a 62.2 innings with a 4.31 ERA. Zack is coming off of a strong start in Philly where he got the win after allowing 1 earned run over 6.1 innings, 4 hits and 9 strikeouts while walking no one. In his last two starts now, he has allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 13.0 innings with 16 K’s. This will be Wheeler’s first time facing the Cubs in his career and he has not faced anyone the Cubs roster in a major league game before.

Jake Arrieta, the former Oriole, gets the start for the Cubs. He is 1-1 in his first 5 starts in 2014 with a 3.20 ERA over 25.1 innings. In his five starts this year, he has allowed 1 run or less in three of them, and in two he has allowed four runs. He has not pitched more than 6.0 innings in any start. He has faced the Mets once in his career allowing 4 ER over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

  • Granderson 7-20, 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Abreu 1-6
  • Duda 1-2
  • Wright 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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