Chicago Cubs (51-27):
SP: Jason Hammel RHP (7-4, 2.58 ERA)
New York Mets (41-37):
- Brandon Nimmo (L) RF
- Neil Walker (S) 2B
- Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
- James Loney (L) 1B
- Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
- Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
- Kelly Johnson (L) LF
- Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
- Jacob deGrom (L) RHP
SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (3-4, 2.67 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
CUBS-METS NOTES: New York has lost 12 of its last 15 regular season games to the Cubs…The Mets swept the Cubs in four games in last year’s NLCS…Jacob deGrom was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field…He worked 7.0 innings and allowed two runs in a 5-2 win.
CUBS- METS PITCHERS: The Mets are third in the majors with a 3.35 team ERA and the Cubs are first (2.86)…New York starters are second in the majors with a 3.32 ERA…Chicago is first (2.54)… The Mets have allowed 65 homers, tied with the Cubs for the fewest allowed in the majors.
FOUR OR MORE: The Mets are 30-7 when they score four or more runs and 11-30 when they score three or less runs.
THE CLOSER: Jeurys Familia has 27 saves, the most in the majors and is 27- 27 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has a franchise record with 27 straight saves to open a season…Familia has saved 43 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is also the longest active streak in the major leagues.
FINDING NIMMO: Brandon Nimmo is 5-for-his-last-16 (.313) after going 0-4 in his major league debut on June 26 at Atlanta…He collected his first major league RBI last night and scored the go-ahead run… Nimmo is the 16th major leaguer born in Wyoming to appear in the majors.
THIRD-DECK: Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer into the Promenade Level last night in what is believed to be the only ball to reach the third deck in a regular season or postseason game.
HOT AS THE SUMMER SUN: Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .342 (26-76) with four homers and nine RBI over his last 20 games…He has a .400 on-base percentage during that streak.
DEGROM VS. CUBS: Jacob deGrom has never won a regular season start against the Cubs…In those three starts, he is 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA …That ERA is the highest against any team in deGrom’s career…He has allowed four home runs over those three starts, which is tied for the most home runs he’s allowed against any team…He has never pitched more than 5.1 innings against the Cubs in the regular season.
METS VS. HAMMEL: Jason Hammel holds a career 0-3 record in five games started against the Mets in his career…Holds a 4.91 ERA in 29 career innings pitched…Notable numbers against Hammel are provided below…
- James Loney: .317 (13-41), 3 2B, 3 HR
- Kelly Johnson: .300 (9-30), 1 2B, 2 HR
- Neil Walker: .263 (5-19), 1 2B, 1 RBI
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .250 (2-8), 1 2B, 1 HR
- Wilmer Flores: .000 (0-3)