When last we saw the Mets, Scott Eyre was dejectedly walking off the field after allowing two straight hits to give Ryan Dempster, who had given up four hits and a walk himself, as the Cubs, stunningly, blew a four-run ninth-inning lead and lost 6-5 on May 17.
The Cubs were 18-21, seven games out of first place. The Mets were 26-14, 1.5 games ahead of the Braves.
Much has changed. The Cubs have gone 39-29 since then and made up all seven games. The Mets have increased their lead to 3.5 games, but have basically treaded water, playing just over .500 (35-33) since that date.
Biggest series in three years. Let's win it!
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
Orlando Hernandez has finally admitted that he is 42, rather than 38. Whatever his age, he's still throwing very well; in the absence of Pedro Martinez, he has solidified the Mets rotation. He has faced the Cubs only once -- last July 16. The Cubs roughed him up, but the Mets won anyway. That's kind of the way last year went. From his time in the AL, he faced Jacque Jones (.333/.385/.417) and Alfonso Soriano (.417/.462/.917) frequently.
This weekend's games are all available on a more-or-less national basis; today's on WGN and at the Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
I'll post a Gameday link for tonight's Phillies/Brewers game in my recap later this afternoon.
Finally, I answered a few questions about the Cubs for our SB Nation Mets counterpart Amazin' Avenue, and also for D. J. Short at MetsBlog. My answers are here. If I have time I may send them a few questions about the Mets that I'll post tomorrow.
Discuss amongst yourselves.