MMO Game Thread: Cubs vs Mets, 1:10 PM

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The Mets look to win their third straight game as they continue their wraparound series this afternoon against the Cubs at Citi Field. Rafael Montero (0-3, 6.12 ERA) makes what is expected to be his final start filling in for Jacob deGrom and will be opposed by Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.77) for the Cubs.

David Wright was struck in his left shoulder by a fastball from Dan Straily in Saturday night’s contest and was forced to leave the game. He is expected to miss Sunday’s game and could remain out longer.

Wilmer Flores had a two-run single in a three-run second inning as the Mets (59-65) took the lead en route to a 7-3 victory on Saturday. Flores also looked sharp again defensively and continues to get better with more and more playing time. But after 10 straight starts, Ruben Tejada is due to get Sunday’s start at shortstop.

Starting Lineup 

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Lucas Duda – 1B
  5. Eric Campbell – 3B
  6. Matt den Dekker – LF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Rafael Montero – RHP

Today Rafael Montero looks to move beyond his last start which was not good as he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings against the Nationals. Overall on the season he has pitched 25.0 innings over 5 starts and a 6.12 ERA. He has never faced the Cubs in the major league game or anyone on the Cubs roster.

The Mets bats will get a look at Jake Arrieta, who the Cubs acquired from the Orioles in July of last year essentially for Scott Feldman. This year he is 6-4 over 18 games and 110.1 innings with a 2.77 ERA. Earlier this year he faced the Mets allowing only one run, but lasting only 4.2 innings while the Mets racked up 7 hits. He is coming off of a good start where he allowed 2 ER over 7, which came on the heels of his worst start of the season allowing 13 hits and 9 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

  • Granderson 9-22, 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Duda 2-4, 2 BB
  • Wright 0-4, 2 BB
  • den Dekker 1-3
  • Murphy 1-3
  • d’Arnaud 1-2

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!