The New York Mets (59-66) have watched their offense evaporate before their eyes after the All Star Break. The Mets have averaged one run a game over the course of the homestand, The Mets are fortunate that they have won two of those games, both in this series against the Chicago Cubs (53-70). The Mets did fall to the Cubs yesterday 2-1, but remain in position to win three out of four in this series. The two teams will wrap up the four game set in a matinee affair at Citi Field this afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 12:10 pm.
Bartolo Colon was scheduled to start this game for the Mets, but he was scratched and has left the team after receiving news that his mother is critically ill. Carlos Torres (5-5, 3.68 ERA) will make the emergency start for the Mets, with Manager Terry Collins hoping to get at least four innings out of him. The Cubs will counter with rookie right hander Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.73 ERA), who has impressed in his brief career. Hendricks recorded a win in his last start, tossing 7.1 innings of shutout ball against the Milwaukee Brewers.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- LF Matt den Dekker
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Wilmer Flores
- SP Carlos Torres
- Due to the Mets' AAA affiliate being in Las Vegas, they will not be able to add an extra pitcher to their roster today.
- Colon will be placed on the bereavement list tomorrow, and another pitcher will meet the team in Oakland.
- After missing yesterday's game with a shoulder injury, David Wright is back in the lineup today.
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