Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets Preview, Tuesday 6/25, 7:05 CT: It's Rizzo Time

Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs poses during spring training photo day in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Usually, in this space, I'll write something about the upcoming game, or post links to a Cubs-related article with a couple of things from it quoted.

Tonight, I need simply the following two words:

Anthony Rizzo.

Carry on.

Cubs lineup:

DeJesus cf, Castro ss, Rizzo 1b, Soriano lf, LaHair rf, Valbuena 3b, Barney 2b, Clevenger c, Wells p

Mets lineup:

Nieuwenhuis cf, Tejada ss, Wright 3b, Duda rf, Davis 1b, Hairston lf, Murphy 2b, Thole c, Gee p
Today's Starting Pitchers
Randy Wells
Randy Wells
Cubs
vs. Dillon Gee
Dillon Gee
Mets
1-2 W-L 5-5
4.91 ERA 4.27
11 SO 83
20 BB 25
1 HR 12
vs. NY -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Randy Wells 1-2 11 3 0 0 0 1 25.2 29 15 14 1 20 11 4.91 1.91


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Dillon Gee 5-5 14 14 0 0 0 0 90.2 87 47 43 12 25 83 4.27 1.24

That is not a misprint above. In 25⅔ innings, Randy Wells has issued 20 walks and struck out 11 hitters. This is not a good ratio. This is a Jeff Suppan ratio. Further, current Mets are hitting .323 (20-for-62) against him with two home runs, and one of those home runs was hit by Ronny Cedeno. None of this is good, so clearly, we are doomed.

Dillon Gee faced the Cubs May 25, 2011 at Wrigley Field, and got a complete game despite throwing only six innings -- a rain-shortened affair. He allowed four runs on just four Cubs hits; current Cubs are 4-for-16 against him, which is way too small a sample size to determine anything. See "Clearly, we are doomed", above.

Today's game is on WCIU. Which means most of you won't get to see it, too bad on Anthony Rizzo Day. The Cubs have a winning record this year on WCIU, oddly enough (3-2).

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Mets site Amazin' Avenue.

Today's first pitch thread will post at 7:05 p.m. CDT and the overflows at 8:05, 9:05 and 9:50 p.m. CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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