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Cubs vs. Mets Preview, Saturday 9/4, 12:05 CT: Looking To Finish Strong

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The Cubs have won their first two games this month.

Believe it or not, that's the second time they have done that this year -- they also did it in May, which stands as the "best" month so far this season, with a 13-15 record. The Cubs' last winning record for a calendar month was September 2009, when they went 17-12 (if you include the brief play in October last year, the Cubs were 18-14 after September 1, 2009).

For those of you who want "a better draft pick" by losing now -- sorry, no. The difference of one or two draft positions next June isn't going to make a huge difference in Cubs history, especially since a lot of #1 picks never make it. It's not like the NFL where teams jockey for a ready-made NFL player in draft position. I'd rather see the Cubs finish strong this September and maybe even finish third. That's within sight, as the Cubs trail the Brewers and Astros (currently tied for third) by only 4.5 games and they will play both of those teams in upcoming series.

Finish up strong going into next year for the new manager, whoever he may be.

Another reminder to everyone, as noted below on the front page and in the headline to this post: today's game starts at 12:05 and is on WGN. Original schedules had this as a 3:10 start as a Fox regional game. Fox is carrying Cardinals/Reds, Rockies/Padres, and Rangers/Twins today (in Chicago, Fox-32 will show Rangers/Twins).

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano
Cubs
vs. Jenrry Mejia
Jenrry Mejia
Mets
6-6 W-L 0-2
4.36 ERA 3.25
79 SO 17
49 BB 15
6 HR 2
vs. NY -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Carlos Zambrano 6-6 36 14 0 0 0 0 88.2 99 48 43 6 49 79 4.36 1.67


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jenrry Mejia 0-2 30 0 0 0 0 1 27.2 29 10 10 2 15 17 3.25 1.59

Jenrry Mejia has made 30 relief appearances this year, including two scoreless innings in two appearances vs. the Cubs in April; he issued two walks to Geovany Soto, the only Cub who reached base against him. Today is his first major league start.

Z started against the Mets in New York on April 20; it was one of his better starts of the year. He allowed two runs and struck out nine, but the Cubs got shut out. His reward for this was being moved to the bullpen. In hindsight, obviously, this was a bad move. Z has thrown very well since returning to the rotation, although still with too many walks. Carlos Beltran -- who isn't even playing every day any more -- is the only current Met who has homered off Z, and that's the only hit he's ever had off him (1-for-15).

Today's game is on WGN and SNY. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

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Today's first pitch thread will be up at noon CDT, and the overflows will post at 1 pm, 2 pm and 2:45 pm CDT.

Discuss amongst yourselves.