citi field metsA relatively big change in tonight’s lineup for the Cubs, as Anthony Rizzo slides down to the five spot, with Nate Schierholtz batting third.

It’s a pair of touch luck pitchers squaring off, if you believe the advanced stats. Both Edwin Jackson’s and Shaun Marcum’s baseball cards would look ugly at this point, but there is reason to believe they’ve pitched much better than you might think.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (26-38) at New York Mets (24-37), 6:10 CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76 ERA, 3.38 FIP)

versus

Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96 ERA, 2.90 FIP)

New York Mets Lineup

1. Jordany Valdespin, 2B

2. Daniel Murphy, 1B

3. David Wright, 3B

4. Lucas Duda, LF

5. Marlon Byrd, RF

6. John Buck, C

7. Omar Quintanilla, SS

8. Juan Lagares, CF

9. Shaun Marcum, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Starlin Castro, SS

3. Nate Schierholtz, RF

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

6. Dioner Navarro, C

7. Luis Valbuena, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Edwin Jackson, P


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