Pregame Notes: Chicago Cubs looking for sweep in finale against Mets


Cubs looking to break out the brooms

The Chicago Cubs came off another series loss, to one of the worst teams in baseball, the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering the series against the NL East-leading New York Mets, expectations probably weren’t great. But this is what makes baseball a fantastic game. The Cubs and Mets will have a battle of lefties as

Travis Wood

(2-2, 4.96) faces off against the longest tenured member of the Mets rotations,

Jon Niese

(3-2, 1.95).

The Cubs (18-15) will be facing Niese who brings the fourth-lowest ERA in the league to Wrigley. Some have forgotten about Niese with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and now Noah Syndergaard. But the veteran just keeps going about his business. He has a tough act to follow as Harvey held the Cubs scoreless for seven innings before giving way to the Mets (20-14) pen.

Wrigley Field will be a welcome site for Wood, new bleachers and all. His home numbers (2-0, 1.29) are much better than the road (0-2, 7.71). This could be a perfect combination for Wood, as the Mets are struggling to score runs and he doesn’t allow many at Wrigley.

Today’s game is scheduled for a 1:20 pm CT first pitch, and will be televised on CSN and braodcast on WBBM 780.

Here are the lineups for today’s game: