The Mets (35-39, 8.5 GB in NL East) begin a four-game set in Chicago with the Cubs (40-33, 0.5 GA in NL Central) on Thursday night at 8:05 PM on SNY.
The Mets are just 5-13 in their last 18 road games. ... Against NL Central opponents this season, the Mets are just 5-12 overall and 1-5 on the road. ... Mets relievers have allowed a run in nine of the team's last 10 games, posting an 8.20 ERA during that span.
|Jeff McNeil, LF||Kyle Schwarber, LF|
|Pete Alonso, 1B||Kris Bryant, 3B|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Anthony Rizzo, 1B|
|Michael Conforto, RF||Javier Baez, SS|
|Todd Frazier, 3B||Willson Contreras, C|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Jason Heyward, CF|
|Amed Rosario, SS||Carlos Gonzales, RF|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||Tyler Chatwood, RHP|
|Walker Lockett, RHP||Daniel Descalso, 2B|
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Who is starting for the Mets?
RHP Walker Lockett, who is making his Mets debut. ... Lockett was acquired from the Indians in a dealt hat sent Kevin Plawecki to Cleveland. ... In four appearances for Triple-A Syracuse, Lockett has posted a 3.28 ERA.
Who is starting for the Cubs?
RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 3.60 ERA), who has primarily pitched out of the bullpen for the Cubs. ... He is starting tonight in place of the injured Kyle Hendricks. ... Chatwood has only started one other game this season, when he gave the Cubs six shutout innings against the Diamondbacks.
The Mets and Cubs continue their four-game set on Friday afternoon at 2:20 pm. Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.74 ERA) goes for the Mets against Cubs' righty Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.65 ERA).