The Mets (35-40, 9.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field for a Friday matinee as they take on the Cubs (41-33, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets dropped the opener of the four-game series and are now 5-14 in their last 19 road games and are 7-22 at Wrigley Field since 2010....While the Mets have struggled on the road, Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have not. McNeil is hitting .361 with 18 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI away from Citi Field while Alonso has a .297 average. Alonso also homered on Thursday night, his 25th of the season, which is second in the MLB.
|Jeff McNeil, RF||Kyle Schwarber, LF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Kris Bryant, RF|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Anthony Rizzo, 1B|
|Michael Conforto, CF||Javier Baez, SS|
|J.D. Davis, 3B||Willson Contreras, C|
|Dominic Smith, LF||David Bote, 3B|
|Adeiny Hechavarria, SS||Albert Almora Jr., CF|
|Tomas Nido, C||Yu Darvis, RHP|
|Jason Vargas, LHP||Addison Russell, 2B|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
LHP Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.74 ERA) who has become one of the Mets' most reliable pitchers this season. He lasted just four innings his last start due to a calf cramp, but he holds a 2.39 ERA in his last nine starts and has not allowed more than three runs in a start since April 13.
Who is starting for the Cubs?
RHP Yu Darvish (3-1, 3.60 ERA), who is coming off his best start of the season, where he held the Los Angeles Dodgers to just one run on two hits and struck out 10 over seven innings. Darvish has a 2.96 ERA in his last four starts.
The Mets and Cubs continue their four-game set on Saturday when RHP Zack Wheeler (5-5, 4.94 ERA) takes the mound opposite LHP Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.887 ERA) for the Cubs at Wrigley Field at 2:20 p.m.