|NY METS ( LUGO )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( TSENG )
|959||NY METS||+235||Ov 9.5,-110||+205||Ov 9.5,+100|
|960||CHICAGO CUBS||-265||Un 9.5,-110||-225||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-60||-18.8||60-40||4.8||0.252||0.319||0.425||0.744||5.1||0.275||0.341||0.431||0.772|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||5-2||5.3||0.304||0.368||0.487||0.855||6.0||0.279||0.378||0.434||0.812|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-54||-25.2||52-55||4.9||0.248||0.323||0.420||0.743||4.6||0.237||0.312||0.394||0.706|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.4||4-3||5.3||0.270||0.361||0.435||0.796||4.3||0.236||0.332||0.341||0.673|
|8/31/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ CINCINNATI||STEPHENSON(R)||2-7||L||-140||8.5 ev||O||7||8||1||9||7||0|
|9/2/2017||LUGO(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||1-4||L||235||9 ev||U||6||9||0||9||6||0|
|9/2/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||8-12||L||235||9 ov||O||11||6||1||17||9||1|
|9/3/2017||FLEXEN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||6-8||L||230||9.5 ev||O||10||11||1||11||6||1|
|9/4/2017||MONTERO(R)||PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||11-7||W||-115||9 un||O||12||6||1||10||6||1|
|9/12/2017||GSELLMAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||3-8||L||245||8.5 un||O||7||9||0||11||8||0|
|9/13/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||5-17||L||235||8.5 ov||O||10||9||1||16||10||0|
|9/14/2017||LUGO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||TSENG(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||MONTERO(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)|| |
|9/16/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ ATLANTA||FRIED(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||GSELLMAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|9/18/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||LUGO(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|9/4/2017||ARRIETA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||0-12||L||-180||8.5 un||O||7||8||0||16||7||0|
|9/5/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRAULT(L)||3-4||L||-160||8.5 un||U||8||8||1||8||4||0|
|9/6/2017||QUINTANA(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||1-0||W||-125||7.5 ov||U||3||6||1||6||6||0|
|9/7/2017||LESTER(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)||8-2||W||-135||7.5 un||O||13||7||0||8||11||0|
|9/12/2017||QUINTANA(L)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||8-3||W||-290||8.5 un||O||11||8||0||7||9||0|
|9/13/2017||LESTER(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||17-5||W||-270||8.5 ov||O||16||10||0||10||9||1|
|9/14/2017||TSENG(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||LACKEY(R)||ST LOUIS||MARTINEZ(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||HENDRICKS(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|9/17/2017||QUINTANA(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||LESTER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|9/21/2017|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|NY METS: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Terry Collins (seventh season)
Who's new? No one of note
Who's gone? 1B James Loney, IF/OF Kelly Johnson, OF Alejandro De Aza, RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Jonathon Niese
Projected lineup: CF Curtis Granderson (.237, 30 HR, 59 RBI), 3B David Wright (.226, 7, 14 in 37 games), LF Yoenis Cespedes (.280, 31, 86), RF Jay Bruce (.250, 33, 99 with Reds and Mets), 2B Neil Walker (.282, 23, 55), SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.280, 23, 62), 1B Lucas Duda (.229, 7, 23 in 47 games), C Travis d'Arnaud (.247, 4, 15)
Rotation: RH Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60 ERA), RH Jacob deGrom (7-8, 3.04), RH Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.86), LH Steven Matz (9-8, 3.40), RH Zack Wheeler or RH Robert Gsellman (4-2, 2.42) or RH Seth Lugo (5-2, 2.67)
Key relievers: RH Jeurys Familia (3-4, 2.55, 51/56 SV), RH Addison Reed (4-2, 1.97), RH Hansel Robles (6-4, 3.48), LH Jerry Blevins (4-2, 2.79), RH Fernando Salas (3-7, 3.91)
Hot spots: First base and third base. Duda missed 115 games last season because of a stress fracture in his lower back. When healthy, the veteran first baseman slugged a career-low .714. Former first-round draft pick Dominic Smith, 21, could be in position to battle for the starting spot soon. He'll likely begin the season at Triple-A. Franchise third baseman Wright doesn't have a hot prospect pushing him out the door, but how much game does he have left? The perennial All-Star only began throwing a baseball in February after an eight-month recovery from neck surgery. Wright had a degenerative back and has only played 75 games the last two years. Getting a full season from him at age 34 would be a shock.
Outlook: The Mets' championship window opened with a surprise World Series run in 2015, and their front office seems convinced it's still open. The club invested four years and $110 million to keep Yoenis Cespedes in the outfield. The Mets also exercised club options on Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes, and brought Neil Walker back on a qualifying offer. The result? Almost everyone returns from a club that lost a wild-card game to the Giants last October. The franchise is oozing young pitching ' Syndergaard might be the best right-hander on the planet ' but another World Series appearance might be too much to expect from a team that ranked 25th in runs per game last season.
|CHICAGO CUBS: 2016: 103-58, won World Series
Manager: Joe Maddon (third season)
Who's new? OF Jon Jay, RHP Wade Davis, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Koji Uehara, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Eddie Butler
Who's gone? OF Dexter Fowler, IF/OF Jorge Soler, LHP Aroldis Chapman, LHP Travis Wood, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jason Hammel
Projected lineup: LF Kyle Schwarber (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI in two games), 3B Kris Bryant (.292, 39, 102), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.292, 32, 109), 2B Ben Zobrist (.272, 18, 76), SS Addison Russell (.238, 21, 95), RF Jason Heyward (.230, 7, 49, 11 SB), C Willson Contreras (.282, 12, 35), CF Jon Jay (.291, 2, 26 with Padres) or Albert Almora (.277, 3, 14 in 47 games)
Rotation: LH Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA), RH Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10), RH Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13), RH John Lackey (11-8, 3.35), LH Brett Anderson (1-2, 11.91 in four games with Dodgers) or LH Mike Montgomery (4-5, 2.52 with Mariners and Cubs) or RH Eddie Butler (2-5, 7.17 with Rockies) or LH Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.13 ERA in eight games) or RH Alec Mills (0-0, 13.50 in three games with Royals)
Key relievers: RH Wade Davis (2-1, 1.87, 27/30 SV with Royals), RH Pedro Strop (2-2, 2.85), RH Hector Rondon (2-3, 3.53, 18/23 SV), RH Koji Uehara (2-3, 3.45, 7/9 SV with Red Sox), RH Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1, 3.75), RH Justin Grimm (2-1, 4.10), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05 with Royals)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter. Of all the candidates vying to replace Hammel, who signed with Kansas City as a free agent, most have plenty of upside but didn't log many innings last year. That includes Anderson, who had one productive season and one unproductive season for the Dodgers. Keep an eye on southpaw Montgomery, who tossed two shutouts as a starter for the Mariners in 2015, came to the Cubs last year in a midseason trade, then was effective as a reliever. Last time he was on the mound, he recorded the save in Game 7 of the World Series.
Outlook: There hasn't been a back-to-back champion this century. For opponents of the Cubs, that might be the most tangible nugget of hope. Most of the key players return from a powerhouse team that played historically good defense, got no fewer than 165 innings from each of its top five starters, and featured a deep lineup led by NL MVP Kris Bryant. In the bullpen, two-time All-Star Davis is capable of replacing closer Chapman if he's healthy. Among the Cubs' regular position players, only Zobrist and new center fielder Jay are over 30 ' everyone else is either entering or in the midst of his prime. This is a strong outlook.
|Cubs' Tseng set for debut vs. Mets|
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng just happens to be in town Thursday to pick up an award as the Chicago Cubs' minor league pitcher of the year.
So the Cubs figured, why not give him a start?
The 22-year-old prospect makes his major league debut Thursday against New York Mets and right-hander Seth Lugo in the finale of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Chicago will attempt to sweep the set.
"I've heard nothing but good things about this kid, I've watched the video," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said in making the announcement prior to Chicago's 17-5 rout of New York on Wednesday. "It could be one-and-done, we'll see how it all plays out. This guy's really a good command pitcher with a really good changeup and nice breaking ball.
"Sometimes you catch lightning in a bottle and you learn some things, too. We'll play him tomorrow night and see where it takes us and try to figure the next step after that."
The switch is part of a strategy to give the Taiwanese hurler a good look against big league batters. It also helps shore up the bullpen by moving left-hander Mike Montgomery from his temporary spot in the rotation back to a relief role.
Montgomery joined the rotation Aug. 18 after left-hander Jon Lester went on the disabled list. He remained there as Jake Arrieta sustained a hamstring injury that has cost him one start and might keep him out of a second.
Montgomery (5-8, 3.64 ERA) was originally scheduled to start Thursday.
"We needed some more help in the bullpen, and Monty's so versatile," Maddon said. "He was amenable and talked about it. He's going to be available in the 'pen (Thursday) and of course moving forward.
"We think it will be better to put Monty back out there."
Tseng went a combined 13-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 24 starts between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He was promoted to Iowa in early July, going 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA in nine starts. He was signed by the Cubs as an international free agent in July 2013 and was also named organization's minor league pitcher of the year in 2014.
He reportedly kept active throwing in Arizona after Iowa's season ended in early September.
Lugo (6-4, 4.64 ERA) likely will be watched closely as he works late-season outings following two earlier stints on the disabled list. He missed time due to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a shoulder impingement. His most recent activation from the disabled list came Aug. 27.
"We wanted him to finish this year feeling good and feeling strong," Mets manager Terry Collins said last week. "He realized that he's got some work ahead of him to strengthen up his shoulder and his elbow, but he's OK and he can still pitch. So we're just going to keep an eye on him."
Lugo picked up a victory while working six scoreless innings in the Mets' 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. He has no record and two career appearances against the Cubs -- both last season -- throwing a total of four innings of scoreless relief while striking out three.
After the blowout win Wednesday, the first-place Cubs hold a 2 1/2-game lead on the Milwaukee Brewers and a three-game edge on the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central.
|Last Updated: 7/16/2018 1:15:33 AM EST|