MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Cubs, 7:05 PM

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Monday, July 18, 2016 • 7:05 p.m. (ET)
Wrigley Field • Chicago, IL
LHP Steven Matz (7-5, 3.38) vs. LHP Jon Lester (9-4, 3.01)
SNY • ESPN • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets started off the second half well with taking 2 of 3 from the Phillies, including yesterday’s dominating 1-hitter from Jacob deGrom. Tonight they travel to Chicago to play their last regular season games against the Cubs.

Last year the Mets went 0-7 against the Cubs in the regular season, but then they swept Chicago in the NLCS and followed that up with a four-game sweep at Citi Field earlier this season. So the Mets are now 8-0 against the Cubs in their last 8 games.

The Mets have recalled outfielder Michael Conforto from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and optioned outfielder Brandon Nimmo to Las Vegas (AAA). Conforto hit .344 (21-61) with 15 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, three homers and 15 RBI in 16 games with the 51s.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Wilmer Flores – 1B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

Chicago Cubs

  1. Javier Baez – 2B
  2. Kris Bryant – 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo – 1B
  4. W. Contreras – LF
  5. Addison Russell – SS
  6. Matt Szczur – RF
  7. Albert Almora – CF
  8. David Ross – C
  9. Jon Lester – P

Steven Matz will get things started. He’s 7-5 over 16 starts and 96.0 innings with a 3.38 ERA. His last couple of starts have been average as he’s allowed 5 ER over 14.0 innings (3.21 ERA) while striking out 11 and walking 5 against the Marlins and the Nationals, both games where he was the losing pitcher on record. He did face the Cubs earlier this season where he allowed 3 ER over 5.1 innings which included 7 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. The Cubs have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Zobrist 2-6, 2B
  • Baez 2-5, HR
  • Bryant 1-4, HR
  • Rizzo 2-5, 2B
  • Russell 0-1, 2BB
  • Ross 0-1

The Mets will get another look at Jon Lester who is 9-4 this season over 18 starts and 110.2 innings with a 3.01 ERA. Going into the month of July, he had a 2.03 ERA. He then allowed 8 ER over 1.1 innings against the Mets, and followed that up with allowing 5 ER over 3.0 innings against the Pirates. The Mets have the following numbers against Jon Lester:

  • Granderson 15-49, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Cabrera 7-27, 2 2B
  • Reyes 3-25
  • Cespedes 3-18
  • Loney 4-16, 2B
  • K Johnson 1-15
  • De Aza 4-14, 4 2B
  • Flores 4-10, 2 HR
  • Lagares 4-9, 2 2B
  • Walker 3-10
  • d’Arnaud 2-3, HR
  • Rivera 1-1, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs