While the Mets are ascending, the cellar-dwelling Cubs hope
they've hit rock bottom after suffering their fourth loss in five
games with a 9-0 drubbing by Milwaukee on Sunday. The downward
spiral has made trade speculation run rampant in the Chicago locker
room. "There's a lot of talk going on," right-hander Jeff Samardzija
said after permitting a season-high eight runs against the Brewers
on Sunday. "I'm not saying it gets to you - it's part of the job.
Whatever is on the outside doesn't matter."
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, SNY (New York), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31 ERA) vs. Cubs RH
Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20)
Wheeler recorded his first win since April 14 in scintillating
fashion, striking out the first five batters he faced before fanning
nine in 6 1/3 innings versus the Phillies on Thursday. The
24-year-old allowed one run on four hits and reached the six-inning
plateau for the fourth time in his last five starts. Wheeler has yet
to face the Cubs in his young career.
Arrieta matched a season high by yielding four runs on seven hits in
six innings in a 4-0 setback to San Francisco last Tuesday. The
28-year-old has kept the ball in the yard, permitting just one homer
in 25 1/3 innings while seeing his pitch count elevated from a
conservative total in his first three starts. Arrieta lost his lone
career appearance versus the Mets, surrendering four runs in seven
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1. Chicago closer Hector Rondon is expected to return from paternity
leave on Tuesday. He became a first-time father on Friday when his
wife delivered a son.
2. New York 2B Daniel Murphy, who had two hits and two runs scored
on Monday, is batting a robust .315 in his career versus the Cubs.
3. Chicago SS Starlin Castro has reached safely in each of his last
16 games at home, going 21-for-62 during that stretch.
PREDICTION: Mets 4, Cubs 3
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