This series presents a contrast with other recent Cubs series where I tell you that the Cubs have had some sort of horrid sub-.500 record against that particular team.
Instead, I have much better news. Even with the Cubs being bad since 2010, they are 23-13 against the Mets in that time frame and 9-2 over the last two seasons, and have won six straight against New York. That includes a winning record (9-8) at Citi Field. That's the only National League road park in which the Cubs have a winning mark since 2010.
This is all good. If you haven't read the full series preview, now would be a good time. The Cubs have a real chance to reverse the badness of the last three games in this series.
Here are today's particulars.
Fowler CF, Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Castro SS, Denorfia RF, Szczur LF, Ross C, Hendricks P, Russell 2B
Granderson RF, Tejada SS, Duda 1B, Murphy 3B, Cuddyer LF, Flores 2B, Plawecki C, Niese P, Lagares CF
Everyone's trying to be cool by copying Joe Maddon and batting the pitcher eighth these days.
Today's Starting Pitchers
The Cubs played a four-game set against the Mets at Wrigley Field in May and Kyle Hendricks was the only starter who did not face them. That could be an advantage, or not. He did face the Mets August 18, 2014 at Citi Field and had one of his best starts, allowing just three hits and a run in seven innings. Hendricks really needs to get back on track; here would be a good time to start.
Jon Niese faced the Cubs May 14 at Wrigley Field and they hit him pretty hard, with six hits and six runs (four earned) in 6⅓ innings. Dexter Fowler homered off Niese; Fowler has been in a slump recently and this would be an excellent time to come out of it.
Today's game is on CSN Chicago. In many parts of the USA this game will also be seen on ESPN. Check your cable/satellite listings.
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The 2015 Game Thread procedure has changed a bit. Here's how it will work going forward.
You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).
At the same time, a StoryStream™ containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.
You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread, all the overflow threads and recap in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). They will also appear in the game's StoryStream™ as noted above.
The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at one hour, two hours and 2:45 after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.