New York Mets (49-42):
1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 1B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P
SP: Steven Matz LHP (7-5, 3.38 ERA)
Chicago Cubs (55-36):
1. Javier Baez (R) 2B
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Willson Contreras (R) LF
5. Addison Russell (R) SS
6. Matt Szczur (R) RF
7. Albert Almora Jr. (R) CF
8. David Ross (R) C
9. Jon Lester (L) P
SP: Jon Lester LHP (9-4, 3.01 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and ESPN.
METS-CUBS NOTES: The Mets are 6-18 at Wrigley Field since 2008… The Mets have won eight straight games vs. the Cubs (including the postseason – 4-0 in 2016 at Citi Field and 4-0 in the NLCS)…That ties the longest winning streak in team history vs. the Cubs, done two previous times, last, August 3-September 19, 1985.
ONE SHY: Jeurys Familia has saved 48 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record…It is the fifth-longest streak in major league history…John Axford is fourth on the list with 49 straight saves.
ONE MORE RECORD: Familia has tied another franchise record with saves in each of his last 10 appearances…It’s the fifth time it’s occurred and first since Familia also did so, April 12-May 1, 2015.
HOT AS JULY: The Mets are averaging 5.15 runs per game in July, the second-most in the National League behind San Diego (5.39 runs per game)…New York has belted 28 homers this month to lead the majors.
LAGARES LOVES LEFTIES: Juan Lagares is batting .333 (4-12) with one double, one triple, one homer and two RBI over his last four games…Lagares is hitting .279 (17-61) vs. lefthanders this year and has batted .279 (113-405) with nine homers vs. lefties during his career.
SLUGGIN’ ASDRUBAL: Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .318 (14-44) with five homers and seven RBI’s in 11 games in July…Cabrera hit his 13th home run of the year yesterday (88 games)…He had 15 home runs in 143 games last year with the Rays.
MATZ VS. CUBS: Has made two starts against the Cubs (one regular season, one postseason)… Received the no-decision in his lone regular season start against the Cubs…Pitched 5.1 innings, allowed three runs, earned, on seven hits in the Mets’ 4-3 win on June 30, Matz struck out six and walked three…Started the decisive Game 4 of the 2015 NLCS at Chicago and received the no- decision in the Mets’ 8-3 series clinching victory…Pitched 4.2 innings allowed one run, earned, on four hits, and struck out four and walked two.
METS VS. LESTER: Jon Lester holds a 2-1 record with a 6.05 ERA in four career starts against the Mets…He had the worst start of his career against the Mets back on July 3 at Citi Field… Lester allowed 8 runs on 9 hits in 1.1 innings pitched…It bumped Lester’s season ERA from 2.03 to 2.67…Notable numbers against Lester are provided below…
- Travis d’Arnaud: .667 (2-3), 1 HR
- Juan Lagares: .444 (4-9), 2 2B
- Wilmer Flores: .400 (4-10), 2 HR, 3 RBI
- Curtis Granderson: .306 (15-49), 3 HR, 8 RBI
- Neil Walker: .300 (3-10), 1 RBI
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .259 (7-27), 2 RBI, 9 K
- Yoenis Cespedes: .167 (3-18), 2 RBI, 5 K
- Jose Reyes: .120 (3-25), 2 RBI