Ryan Dempster returns for the Cubs after missing three weeks with lat soreness. He’s working on a 22 inning scoreless streak, and there will be many, many teams watching his start intently. Let’s just hope he looks healthy.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (32-52) at New York Mets (46-39), 12:10pm CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Ryan Dempster (3-3, 2.11 ERA, 3.00 K/BB)

versus

Jon Niese (7-3, 3.35 ERA, 2.75 K/BB)

New York Mets Lineup

1. Ruben Tejada, SS

2. Daniel Murphy, 2B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Ike Davis, 1B

5. Lucas Duda, RF

6. Scott Hairston, LF

7. Jordany Valdespin, CF

8. Josh Thole, C

9. Jon Niese, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Reed Johnson, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Jeff Baker, RF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Darwin Barney, 2B

8. Luis Valbuena, 3B

9. Ryan Dempster, P


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