Chicago Cubs, Arrieta look for sweep over deGrom, Mets


Arrieta takes the mound in search of sweep

Based on the numbers, I’d say today’s Chicago Cubs and New York Mets finale should be another pitcher’s duel. Wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see it finish a 10-9 game because that’s just the nature of baseball. The Cubs will turn to Jake Arrieta (7-5, 2.94) who comes off a solid outing that ended in a no-decision against the Cardinals. The Mets will send Jacob deGrom (8-5, 2.15) who has continued to build off his stellar rookie season. 

The Cubs (41-35) needed some late heroics from multiple places last night. First on Anthony Rizzo‘s “now you see me, now you don’t” slide into third, and then Starlin Castro‘s infield single to drive him in for the go-ahead run. And then there’s the bullpen that has been light’s out again. Runs have been tough to come by, and they don’t look to get any easier in today’s matinée game.

The Mets (40-39) have had their own issues at the plate, but deGrom could offer a refuge with his record during day games. In his career, he’s 8-0 with a 1.21 ERA in 12 starts during the day. He won’t have to worry about the Cubs’ Kris Bryant or Dexter Fowler, as neither will be in the lineup for today’s game.

The Mets will also be without Michael Cuddyer, who had an MRI that showed no damage but is still causing him some discomfort.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. CT at Citi Fied as the Cubs look for the sweep. WGN will have the TV coverage and WBBM 780 will have the radio broadcast.

Here are the lineups for today’s finale: