Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will begin a rehab assignment on Friday with Triple-A Iowa.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) August 29, 2019
Let’s keep that going tonight.
- THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE... ROAD? The Cubs’ sixth straight win at Citi Field is their longest winning streak ever in that ballpark. The Cubs are going tonight for their longest winning streak in New York since a seven-game winning streak at Shea Stadium from May 22-September 18, 1991.
- CUB POWER: Kyle Schwarber last night hit his 31st home run of the season to surpass his previous 2017 career high of 30. Schwarber is now one of only five N.L. left-handed hitters with multiple 30 homer campaigns in the last three seasons, joining Cody Bellinger (two times), Christian Yelich (two times), Max Muncy (two times) and Travis Shaw (two times).
- DOUBLING HIS PLEASURE: Javier Baez enters today’s game with 37 doubles this season, one shy of the N.L. lead (L.A.’s Corey Seager, 38) … Baez aims to become the first Cub to lead the N.L. in doubles since Derrek Lee did so with 50 in 2005.
- IT’S NOT JUST US: The Cubs’ 27-39 road record this season ranks 11th in the National League and 21st in the majors. All five N.L. Central teams have a losing record on the road and everyone but Pittsburgh has a winning record at home.
Here are today’s particulars.
We close out the homestand with de on the bump tonight. #LGM— New York Mets (@Mets) August 29, 2019
⌚️ 7:10 p.m.
@SNYtv, @MLBNetwork (out-of-market only)
Jon Lester, LHP vs. Jacob deGrom, RHP
Jon Lester has struggled lately. Let’s hope the off day Monday, which gave him an extra day of rest, will help him throw a better game tonight.
Jon last faced the Mets August 27, 2018. He allowed three runs in six innings that night at Wrigley Field. The last time he pitched in Citi Field, June 3, 2018, he threw seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits.
Jon has about equal numbers home and away this year, same for day games vs. night games. On the road since the All-Star break: four starts, 23 innings, 3.13 ERA, 21 strikeouts.
Jacob deGrom was the best pitcher in the National League last year, winning the Cy Young Award. He has only been really, really good this year, not quite up to his 2018 standards.
That said, “really, really good” is going to be hard to beat, especially since deGrom has posted a 1.04 ERA and 0.923 WHIP in eight starts since the All-Star break. He’s allowed two or fewer runs in all eight of those starts and in his last outing, against a good-hitting Braves team, he struck out 13.
He allowed two runs in six innings against the Cubs June 23 at Wrigley Field. On the other hand, current Cubs are hitting .308 (36-for-117) against him with four home runs, two by Kris Bryant. So maybe he’s hittable after all. Teams have done a bit better against him in night games (2.91 ERA in 21 starts) than day games (0.93 ERA in five starts). That’s about all I’ve got, though.
Today’s game is on ABC7 Chicago. It’s also on MLB Network (outside the Cubs and Mets market territories).
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