New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs Preview and Predictions 06-23-2019 in MLB
Pete Alonso has a chance to break Darryl Strawberry's franchise rookie home run record when his New York Mets visit the National League-leading Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon after taking two of the first three in the series. Alonso belted his 26th homer in Saturday's 10-2 victory to tie Strawberry, who launched the same amount in 1983 - part of the 252 blasts he had with the club over eight years.
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Alonso also broke the NL record for most homers before the All-Star break and infielder Jeff McNeil on Saturday extended his streak of multi-hit games to five after going 2-for-5 with three RBIs - giving him six in the series - for the Mets, who have homered in 18 of 20 outings this month. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will try to win back-to-back starts for the first time since opening the season with a pair of victories when he takes the mound for New York in the finale against veteran left-hander Cole Hamels, who owns a 0.31 ERA this month. The Cubs have dropped eight of their last 12 games after giving up at least one run in the first six innings of Saturday's setback and end their homestand with four against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves to start next week. Kris Bryant can extend his hitting streak to 10 games (13-for-32, last nine) on Sunday for Chicago while teammate Willson Contreras has hit safely in seven straight contests (10-for-26).
TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, WPIX (New York), ABC 7 (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mets RH Jacob deGrom (4-6, 3.26 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.85)
DeGrom ended a six-game winless streak Tuesday by holding Atlanta to two runs on five hits over a season-high 8 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts. The 31-year-old Floridian boasts four straight quality starts and eight in his past 10 trips to the mound while striking out 112 and walking 20 across 91 innings overall this year. Anthony Rizzo is 9-for-20 with a homer versus deGrom, who gave up two runs across 15 innings against the Cubs last season.
Hamels has been outstanding in four starts this month, allowing two runs (one earned) on 17 hits across 29 innings despite a 2-1 record. The 35-year-old San Diego native struck out 27 in his last three starts and has 91 in 91 2/3 innings overall while holding opponents to a .226 batting average this year. Robinson Cano is 9-for-41 with three homers against Hamels, who is 9-14 with a 3.89 ERA in 33 career starts versus the Mets.
1. Chicago SS Javier Baez needs one homer to reach 100 for his career after going deep in the first game of the series Thursday.
2. New York 3B Todd Frazier launched his second homer of the series Saturday and is 5-for-14 in his last four contests.
3. Rizzo was left out of Saturday's starting lineup for rest and flied out as a pinch hitter to end a nine-game hitting streak versus the Mets.
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NEW YORK METS
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- ArmEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Webster has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to radial nerve inflammation in his right arm. He is likely to be out of commission until at least the start of September.
- BackQues Sun | questionable
Rizzo exited the previous game due to back tightness, and it is unclear if he will suit up Sunday against the Nationals.
- AnkleEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Descalso has landed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle, and he is expected to be idle until at least the beginning of September.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Morrow has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recuperating from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. He has a setback during his recovery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- WristEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Cedeno has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due left wrist inflammation. He is likely to be out until at least the beginning of September.
- PersonalEarly Sept | out
Zobrist is away from the team due to a personal matter but is expected to return to action Sept. 1 against the Brewers.
- HipProb Tues | probable
Cishek has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from left hip inflammation and is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Giants.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Kimbrel has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from swelling in his right knee, and he is likely to be available for Sunday's game against the Pirates.
New York Mets
- Backout for season | 10-day IL
Gsellman has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a partial lat tear and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- HeadOut indefinitely | 7-day IL
Nido was placed on the seven-day injured list after experiencing concussion-like symptoms. There currently is no timetable for return.
- HamstringEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Cano tore his left hamstring and is on the 10-day injured list. He is likely to be on the IL until at least the beginning of September.
- RestQues Fri | questionable
Ramos is likely to be absent from the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Braves as he is expected to be given a day of rest.
- CalfProb Tues | probable
Davis is likely to suit up against the Indians on Tuesday despite tightness in his right calf.
- KneeMid Sept | 60-day IL
Lowrie has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a capsule sprain in his left knee. He suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain and a right calf strain during his rehabilitation, but he is likely to be activated sometime in September.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Rhame has been moved to the 60-day injured list after having a season-ending ulnar nerve transposition procedure conducted on his right elbow.
- NeckEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Nimmo is dealing with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and the effects of whiplash. He has been moved to the 60-day injured list and is not expected to return until the beginning of September.
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