Chicago Cubs (51-29):
New York Mets (43-37):
SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (8-3, 2.49 ERA)
Today’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
CUBS-METS NOTES: New York has won three straight regular season games vs. the Cubs and seven straight (including postseason)…The Mets have won the first three games of this series…The last time New York swept Chicago in a four-game series was June 17-20, 1985 at Shea Stadium.
START WITH A BANG: The Mets have 18 homers in the first frame this year, tied with Houston for the most in the majors… The Mets have outscored their opponents 42-25 in the first inning this season.
YO: Yoenis Cespedes has four homers in his last seven games at Citi Field…Is hitting .349 (15-43) with three homers, four RBI and a .404 OBP over his last 11 games.
HIT EM’ IN THE SKY WALKER: Neil Walker connected on his 15th home run of the year last night…Walker had 16 home runs in 151 games with Pittsburgh last year…His career-high is 23 home runs set in 2014 with the Pirates…Walker is tied for second among major league second basemen with his 15 long balls.
HEY ROOK: Brandon Nimmo is 8-for-his-last-24 (.333) after going 0-4 in his major league debut on June 26 at Atlanta…He has four RBI and scored three times in his last three games.
LOCKDOWN: Jeurys Familia has 28 saves, the most in the majors…Is 28-28 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has a franchise record with 28 straight saves to open a season…Familia has saved 44 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record.
SYN-CITI: Noah Syndergaard has allowed four earned runs in his last 31.2 innings at Citi Field (1.14 ERA)…Overall, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA with three walks and 68 strikeouts at home this year.
THOR VS. CUBS: Has faced Chicago once in the regular season and once in the postseason (2015 NLCS)…He is 1-1 in his two starts, with a 3.27 ERA and has struck out 15 and walked five.
METS VS. LESTER: Jon Lester has made three career starts against the Mets and is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA…He has 18 strikeouts and 10 walks in 18 innings pitched against the Mets…Notable numbers against Lester are provided below…
- Travis d’Arnaud: .667 (2-3), 1 HR, 1 RBI
- Alejandro De Aza: .286 (4-14), 4 2B
- Curtis Granderson: .277 (13-47), 2 2B, 2 HR
- James Loney: .267 (4-15), 1 2B, 1 RBI
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .259 (7-27), 2 2B, 2 RBI
- Neil Walker: .250 (2-8), 2 K
- Wilmer Flores: .250 (2-8), 1 HR, 1 RBI
- Yoenis Cespedes: .125 (2-16), 1 RBI
- Kelly Johnson: .067 (1-15), 1 RBI, 2 BB