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

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The Mets continue their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field tonight at 8:05 PM. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 2.45 ERA) makes his second start of the season and will be opposed by Edwin Jackson (3-5, 4.81 ERA).

Dice-K earned the win in his first start of the season against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on May 25. He pitched 6.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, one walk and six strikeouts in a solid 98 pitch effort.

Daniel Murphy is hitting .340 (16-47) with four home runs at Wrigley in his career. The four home runs are tied with Nationals Park for the most by the Mets second baseman in a visiting park, but he has had over 100 more at-bats (149) in Washington.

Bobby Abreu is hitting .346 with a .426 on base percentage and .709 slugging average at Wrigley Field; that’s his highest batting average and slugging average at any venue in which he’s had at least 100 plate appearances.

Mets starters have compiled 39 quality starts this year, the third-most in the majors. Atlanta is first with 41. Mets starters are 5-1 with a 2.27 ERA (21 earned runs/83.1 innings) over their last 13 games.

Starting Lineup

  1. Matt den Dekker – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – LF
  5. Bobby Abreu – RF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka – RHP  

The Mets dropped the first game in Wrigley, and you can’t blame Wheeler for this one. Wheeler had a tremendous start despite only getting one run of support from the Mets in the first inning. The bullpen, great of late, allowed 2 runs towards the end of the game. While not good, the offense needed to score runs. Tonight they try to take the second game, and get back to one game below .500 with Matsuzaka facing Jackson.

Matsuzaka is 2-0 over 17 games and 1 start this year with a 2.45 ERA over 29.1 innings. His last start was on the doubleheader on May 25th where he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings on the way to a Mets victory. Since then he allowed 1 ER over 1.1 innings vs the Phillies and allowed no runs over 1.0 ER in another game against the Phillies. The Cubs have the following numbers against Daisuke:

  • Valbuena 3-12, 2b
  • Barney 0-3
  • Castro 0-2
  • Ruggiano 1-3, HR
  • Schierholtz 0-2

The Mets bats will try to work things out against Edwin Jackson. He is 3-5 this year with a 4.81 ERA over 11 starts and 63.2 innings. In the month of May he pitched 5 starts and 29.1 innings with a 1-3 record and a 4.30 ERA. Last year he pitched two games against the Mets with a 1-1 record over 12.2 innings and a 2.84 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Edwin:

  • Abreu 6-33, 2 2B
  • Wright 6-15, HR
  • Granderson 4-13, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Murphy 3-15, HR
  • Duda 2-11, 2B
  • Tejada 0-10

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!