Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pre-Game: Game 49 - New York Mets VS Chicago Cubs

After defeating the Cubs 7-4 in a rain shortened game last night, the Mets will look to take the rubber game of the 3 game set this afternoon at Wrigley Field. The win last night snapped the Mets 3 game losing streak and put them back to 2 games under .500.

The Mets will hand the ball to RHP R.A. Dickey in hopes of completing the series win. Dickey (2-5, 4.71) is coming off a solid performance on Friday night as he defeated the Yankees 2-1, capturing his first win since his 2011 debut on April 3rd. Dickey has only faced the Cubs one time in his career and did not fare well as he surrendered 7 runs in 6 innings during a 7-6 loss at Wrigley Field on September 3rd of last year.

On the mound for the Cubs will be right-hander Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano (4-2, 4.88) has not won a home start yet this year as he is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA at Wrigley Field. The big right-hander split two starts against the Mets last year, and is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA in 11 career matchups versus New York.

Game time is scheduled for 2:20 PM. Here are the starting lineups:

For the (23-25) New York Mets:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Josh Thole C
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Jason Bay LF
5. Daniel Murphy 1B
6. Justin Turner 3B
7. Jason Pridie CF
8. Ruben Tejada 2B
9. R.A. Dickey P

For the (21-26) Chicago Cubs:

1. Kosuke Fukudome RF
2. Darwin Barney 2B
3. Starlin Castro SS
4. Carlos Pena 1B
5. Blake DeWitt 3B
6. Alfonso Soriano LF
7. Tony Campana CF
8. Koyie Hill C
9. Carlos Zambrano P