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wrigley field from right bleachersYet another series win is on the line today, and the guy you’d probably want starting that game is on the hill. Travis Wood will look to set a franchise record for consecutive quality starts to begin a season. Eventually he’s going to lay an egg, because that’s just something that happens. He’ll get no grief from me when that happens, and nothing but praise until it does.

Alfonso Soriano gets a day off in favor of Ryan Sweeney. For the Mets, Marlon Byrd bats cleanup, which is actually an upgrade from Ike Davis, and the catcher is a familiar face. Anthony Recker was, very briefly, a Cub last year.

Game Info

New York Mets (16-24) at Chicago Cubs (18-24), 1:20 CT on WGN.

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

Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.13 ERA, 1.69 K/BB)

versus

Travis Wood (4-2, 2.03 ERA, 2.12 K/BB)

New York Mets Lineup

1. Daniel Murphy, 2B

2. Justin Turner, 1B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Marlon Byrd, RF

5. Lucas Duda, LF

6. Anthony Recker, C

7. Ruben Tejada, SS

8. Juan Lagares, CF

9. Dillon Gee, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Ryan Sweeney, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Dynastyin2017

    It’s not like Dale to put all his lefties together. He must not be worried about the Mets lefty relievers.

  • Drew7

    Sweeney seems an odd choice to bat 4th. I guess it’s more about keeping everyone else in the same spot.

    • Koyie Hill Sucks

      I would really like to see Valbuena batting 4th today and in general I would move him up to 5th.

  • Die hard

    This could be one game where Castro rested– Sveum going to get him injured without a day off

    • Timothy Scarbrough

      It’s not like he played in 162 games last year…

  • IndyCubsFan

    If we have 1 of the top 5 rotations, should there be a sell-off expected still-regarding pitching? Or would we ship Barney and/or some farm kids out for better bats?

  • William

    Thank you, Brett, for jinxing Rizzo! Lol

  • William

    On a serious note, 40 plate appearance without a strike out for a power hitter is impressive. However, he needs to shorten up next time.

    • Kyle

      Next time, he needs to not change his approach at all. It was thinking about that runner on third that seemed to cause him to chase a ball that he normally would have taken.

  • Saving Grace

    While we’re playing the Mets theo should be doing everything he can to trade for Kevin Plawecki
    He is destroying minor league pitching,better than Sloar even
    Catcher of the future,great arm,good defensive skills
    And a beast of a hitter
    They have d’arnaud
    Swap prospects,or trade some our surplus pitching

    • chirogerg

      Plawecki can’t be traded until after the draft happens. He was drafted last year, and players cannot be traded until they are with the organization for a full calendar year. Not a bad idea, though; I liked him going into the draft last year.

      • Saving Grace

        I know,
        I was thinking great time to lay the ground work
        The draft is in less than 3 weeks
        The guy is a beast so far

  • Chuckles

    Dillon Gee whiz been pitching like trash this year.. hope we go ahead and get to him to soon so we can get a taste of that crappy Metropolitans BP.

    Woo go Cubbies!

  • Chuckles

    stupid A**hole going for a triple against Byrd. So dumb.

  • Kyle

    Don’t take chances with no outs. Hustle more. Terrible slide.

    And after all that, he was safe and the ump blew the call. Because Cubs.

  • Chuckles

    He was safe but it was just an absolute horror of baseball play to test Byrd’s arm. And yes, esp. with zero outs. Talking about pulling a Plaxico Burress.

  • Chuckles

    Should be up 1 to 0. Cubs obviously can’t afford to give away runs, even to the horrible Mets.

  • Bill S

    Travis Wood absolutely crushed that ball..

  • http://odu Greenroom

    Wow, Wood crushed that ball. Go Cubs~

  • Dustin S

    Who needs a DH? I’m thinking we move our pitching slot up the lineup lol.

  • Rizzo44

    Wood got wood!! Reminded me of Sosa on that one! Nice!

  • X The Cubs Fan

    Wood w!ent DEEP!

  • Kramden

    Forget the HR…. The real story is the sub-2.00 ERA and in position for his 5th win by Mid-May, which projects to maybe a 20-win season and the Cy Young Award!

    Who woulda thunk it???

  • Kyle

    The Sosa hop was freaking amazing. Completely made my day.

    As someone who was tooting the Travis Wood very, very hard last year, it’s rough for me to feel like I’m arguing against him. But today was a masterclass so far in how to pitch mediocrely and get lucky to not give up runs.

  • Chuckles

    get that run right back and make up for your extremely poor baseball play last go around

    woo woo woo woo wooo

  • Kramden

    Something to ponder….

    Wood is setting himself up for what can be considered a career year which he is unlikely to repeat.

    Do the Cubs trade him now for a haul similar to what the Mets got for Dickey or do the Cubs go against the odds in the hopes he can repeat his success year after year?

    • JoeyCollins

      I don’t think he can repeat this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we trade him. All the FO really wants out of Wood is to be a solid 4/5 type guy. If he has a fluke year where he pitches like a 1/2 that’s just a bonus. We all know he will come back to earth at some time, but as long as his regression isn’t that catastrophic, and he continues to be a solid back end guy, there is no real reason to trade him any time soon.

    • Jason P

      Thing is, Other teams are also probably thinking he can’t sustain this level of production. Obviously you move him if you’re blown away with an offer, but I doubt that offer comes.

      • Kramden

        On the other hand, fans tend to undervalue their own team’s players unless they’re superstars and overvalue opposing team’s players.

  • Kevin

    The Cubs, the sleepers of the 2013 season

  • Chuckles

    does Barney ever get a hit? because it seems like he never gets a hit

  • Jason P

    Wellington might have the least patient approach of any regular in baseball.

  • Kramden

    Hung the curveball…. His ONE mistake all game.

    • Kyle

      He made a ton of mistakes. He just finally paid for one.

  • Chuckles

    Len & Bob are right.. Cubs left runs on the board and insist on winning the hard way. That’s why their record is what it is.

    They’d be a tough team to beat if they did all the little things right.

  • Jason P

    Blowing an easy opportunity to extend the lead like we did in the 6th with a guy on third and under 2 outs ALWAYS comes back to bite.

    The games not over, though. Hopefully we still win the game.

  • William

    I am sick of this garbage bullpen!

  • Dynastyin2017

    Hey, Brett! Nice job on last nights EBS. Rizzo K’s three times. :-)

  • Anthony Rizzo

    Hey, Ace. I’d appreciate it if you didn’t enhance me in your box scores anymore.

    Kthnxbye.

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