The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series after the Mets took the opening matchup. The victory broke the Cubs’ five-game winning streak, and it broke a seven-game losing streak in home games against the Cubs. Game two is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field.
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 15, 2021
The Mets starting pitching was already great this season, and David Peterson‘s strong start made them look even better. Their 2.72 ERA, .205 average against, and 26 home runs allowed are the best in all of baseball. Of course, it helps when Jacob deGrom is part of the group, but it takes an entire group to put together the tremendous numbers they have. The whole pitching staff has been even better for home games where they have a 2.01 ERA and allowed just 14 home runs.
Cubs shortstop Javy Baez expects to return to the lineup after missing the last couple of games with a thumb issue. Baez was able to pinch-hit in Monday’s game which gives hope to the rest of the lineup. The Cubs only managed three hits last night, and two of them were home runs. Baez would bring back a power/speed threat the lineup is lacking.
Taijuan Walker makes his 12th start of the season and has been brilliant for the Mets. In 61 innings, he has a 2.07 ERA with 60 strikeouts and has allowed just two home runs. Walker had his best start of the season against the Baltimore Orioles, where he pitched seven innings, allowing one run and struck out nine. He had his worst start against the Cubs, where he lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned), and walked six.
Alec Mills makes a spot start after spending 13 of 14 games as a reliever. Mills has a no-hitter to his name but has struggled in 2021. He has a 6.08 ERA in 23.2 innings, with four home runs allowed. Mills has allowed runs in his last five innings out of the bullpen and has not thrown more than 57 pitches in any game this season.
Matchups To Lookout For
Alec Mills vs. Jose Peraza: 3-for-9 (.333), Double, 3 Strikeouts
Taijuan Walker vs. Joc Pederson: 7-for-17 (.412), 2 Doubles, Home Run, Walk, 4 Strikeouts
Taijuan Walker vs. Eric Sogard: 3-for-10 (.300), Walk, Strikeout