The New York Mets play their final game against the Chicago Cubs as they attempt to complete a sweep. If the Mets can pull it off, it will be their first four-game sweep of the Cubs since the 2016 season. Just like the first three games, Thursday’s matchup is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field on another beautiful night.
Knowing the Mets are 10 games over .500 vs. hoping Jacob deGrom is okay pic.twitter.com/PBOnw2YlpD
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 17, 2021
Pitching has carried the Mets to plenty of victories at home, and it has done the same for the first three games. They have allowed just seven runs in the series to drop their home ERA to 3.12, the best mark in baseball. Last night’s victory pushed the Mets to 10 games over .500 for the first time this season and the first time since the final day of the 2019 season. Edwin Diaz has been a big reason for their success and has been lights out since his blown save on June 1. In the following six outings, Diaz has pitched 5.2 innings, allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out nine.
The home team has won all six games of the season series, and the Cubs hope to end the streak. Their offense has become reliant on the home run, which has been responsible for every run they have driven in during the series. Kris Bryant is unlikely to return to the lineup after resting his bruised hand in Wednesday’s game. Even without Bryant, the Cubs have to take advantage of the Mets bullpen after they pitched six innings the previous night.
The electric Marcus Stroman gets the task of trying to complete the sweep for the Mets. Stroman has been terrific this season with a 2.33 ERA in 13 starts, the 13th best in baseball. He also enjoys pitching at Citi Field, where his ERA is 1.88, and he has only allowed one home run. Stroman pitched 6.1 innings in his last start, with one run allowed, and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts against the San Diego Padres.
Kyle Hendricks starts for the Cubs and is beginning to find his way after an ugly first month of his season. He had a 7.54 ERA in April but bounced back to have a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts. Throughout the season, his problem has been home runs with 19 allowed, which is the highest number in baseball.
Matchup To Lookout For
Kyle Hendricks vs. Jose Peraza: 6-for-19 (.313), Double, Walk, 3 Strikeouts