Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pre-Game: Game 47 - New York Mets VS Chicago Cubs

Despite all the off-field distractions going around the Mets ball club, the good news is that their is still a game to actually be played today. The Mets open a 3 game series at Wrigley Field tonight against the Cubs. The Mets will look to get back to winning baseball after losing 2 consecutive to their crosstown rival New York Yankees.

On the mound for the Mets will be left-hander Jon Niese (3-4, 4.39). Niese is coming off his best start of the season, allowing six hits while striking out seven in seven innings of a 3-0 win over Washington on Wednesday. Niese has been very good his last 6 starts as he has compiled an ERA of 3.29 over that span. For his career, Niese has gone 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts against the Cubs, two of which came last year. In his last outing VS the Cubs he gave up five runs in six innings at Wrigley Field on Sept. 5 and picked up a W in an 18-5 win.

On the hill for the Cubs will be RHP Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.91). Dempster has struggled so far in 2011 and did not pitch well in his last start as he surrendered five runs in five innings of a 7-5 win over Florida on Wednesday. In his career the right-hander has gone 9-5 with a 5.58 ERA in 14 starts and 11 relief appearances versus the Mets.

Game time is 8:05 PM. Here are the starting lineups:

For the (22-24) New York Mets:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Daniel Murphy 1B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Jason Bay LF
5. Justin Turner 3B
6. Willie Harris CF
7. Ronny Paulino C
8. Ruben Tejada 2B
9. Jon Niese P

For the (20-25) Chicago Cubs:

1. Reed Johnson CF
2. Darwin Barney 2B
3. Starlin Castro SS
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Carlos Pena 1B
6. Alfonso Soriano LF
7. Luis Montanez RF
8. Koyie Hill C
9. Ryan Dempster P

LET'S GO Mets!