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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Preview: Game 58 - Mets at Cubs - Wheeler (2-5) vs Arrieta (1-1)

Preview: Game 58
New York Mets (28-29) at Chicago Cubs (20-34)

Mets (15-12) Away / Cubs (10-13) Home

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Wheeler (2-5) 4.31 ERA vs Jake Arrieta (1-1) 3.20 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:05 PM


The Owners of the worst record in the majors and coming off another blowout loss, the Chicago Cubs are starting to show their frustration.

Things likely won't get any easier Tuesday night when they welcome the surging New York Mets to Wrigley Field.

Chicago (20-34) concluded a 4-6 trip by recording three hits during a 9-0 defeat to Milwaukee on Sunday. It was the third time in five games the Cubs were shut out and fifth of the trip they lost by at least four runs.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected Sunday for arguing a called third strike, a sign that the potential for another dismal season is already wearing on the Cubs.

The Cubs hope to do the same as they return to Wrigley, where they took three of five from the Brewers and New York Yankees from May 16-21 for their first winning record on a homestand.

Rizzo is 0 for 9 with five strikeouts and six walks in the last three home games, and batting .179 (5 for 28) in his last eight at Wrigley. He's batted .300 (6 for 20) with a home run and three doubles in five home games versus New York (28-29).

Chicago's Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20 ERA) yielded two runs and eight hits over 10 innings while going 1-0 in two starts before giving up four and seven hits in six innings of a 4-0 loss at San Francisco last Tuesday.

In the right-hander's lone appearance versus New York, he gave up a grand slam to ex-Met Ike Davis in seven innings of a 5-0 loss while with Baltimore in 2012.

New York took four of five in Philadelphia with Monday's 11-2 victory, its third win in a row and sixth in seven games. Shortstop Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam and drove in six runs.

With two hits and two RBIs, David Wright is batting .329 with eight RBIs over his last 16 road games. He's 0 for 3 with a strikeout versus Arrieta. Curtis Granderson who has seen Arrieta in the past (Baltimore), is batting .350 (7 for 20) with 3 HR's off him.

New York's Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) allowed a home run and three other hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday for his first win in eight starts since beating Arizona on April 14. He's allowed three earned runs in 13 innings of his last two starts after giving up 10 over 10 1/3 innings of the previous two.

Wheeler is making his first appearance against the Cubs.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Bobby Abreu61000201.
Lucas Duda21000011.500.667.5001.167
Curtis Granderson207113712.350.381.9501.331
Kirk Nieuwenhuis31000001.333.333.333.667
David Wright30000001.
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