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The Cubs Time To Win Is Now, New York Mets Series Preview

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The Cubs Time To Win Is Now, New York Mets Preview

It was not the weekend the Cubs were hoping for. The Cubs came into the weekend opening up their homestand with three game series against division rival Milwaukee Brewers and had a five game division lead. Milwaukee came in and tossed their top three pitchers during the weekend resulting in a 3 game sweep of Chicago. The Brewers outscored the Cubs 20-3 during the weekend. These next games and series are now must win as their division lead is shrinking. Cubs now hold a 2-game lead on the second place St. Louis Cardinals and a 2.5 game lead on the Brewers. The Cubs time to win is now as they have series against a crumbling New York Mets team. Dear Cubs, it is win time or miss playoffs. The Mets Preview breaks down the upcoming series against the Cubs as well as things to look forward to with the return of Willson Contreras and Jake Arrieta.

Mets Preview

Tuesday’s Starters

Robert Gsellman (6-6) will start game one of the series at Wrigley while Jose Quintana (9-11) is on the mound for the Cubs.

Gsellman is making his first career start against the Chicago Cubs. This season, he’s been up and down while being injured during most of July. Since leaving the DL, Gsellman has gone 1-1 with a 2.91 ERA. Not a single member of the Cubs have faced him yet.

Jose Quintana will get the start for the Cubs and is looking to continue his strong September. On September 6th, Quintana tossed six shutout innings with six strikeouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a member of the White Sox, he pitched seven innings of one run ball in 2016 but took the loss.

Norichika Aoki and Jose Reyes are batting first and second in the lineup. They are a combined 10 for 24 against Quintana for their career.

Wednesday’s Starters

The Dark Knight Returns. Matt Harvey (5-4) will make his second start against the Cubs this season. This start will be his third season returning from the DL. After giving up seven runs in two innings in his first start, Harvey bounced back with a win over the Reds. He gave up 2 runs over five innings. Harvey’s last start before going to the DL was against the Cubs back in June. He gave up four runs over four innings with five strikeouts before exiting.

Jon Lester (10-7) is looking to make it a perfect September by going 3-0. Lester got the road win against the Pirates after allowing a run over six innings while helping himself with a RBI double. He took the win in his last start against the Mets when he went seven innings while allowing 1 runs on five hits and a walk and 10 strikeouts. Lester has hits in his last two starts and his batting .357 since July 17th (9 starts).

Thursday’s Starter

Seth Lugo (6-4) will face Mike Montgomery (5-8) to conclude the season series. Lugo who spent most his season on the DL is hoping to continue to show the Mets what his capable of. Don’t expect him to last far in a game even if he’s holding a lead as he has pitched around 75 pitched per game. His last start was also his best start this season, Lugo pitched six scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.

Mike Montgomery will continue to start in place of Jake Arrieta and take the Thursday start. Montgomery plans to keep the past in the past. On Saturday, the Brew Crew torched him and the bullpen. He took the loss while giving up four runs in only two short innings.

Tweeting Thoughts

Final Thoughts

This series will conclude the season series between the Cubs and Mets. They faced each other in the middle of June from the 12-14th. During the June Met Series, the Mets took 2 of 3 from the Cubs while being outscored by one run.

Willson Contreras returns to the lineup tonight after not starting since August 9th in the middle of a hot-streak. Contreras is set to bat fourth against Gsellman. He’s batting .305/.374/.686/1.060 with 21 runs, 6 doubles, 13 home runs, 13 walks and 35 RBI in the cleanup spot this season. Contreras could be the spark the Cubs need to turn this back around.

The return of Jake Arrieta is set to happen within the next week or so and will be beneficial to a struggling starting rotation. So again, the Cubs time to win is now

The Cubs time to win is now as they have series against a crumbling New York Mets team. Dear Cubs, it is win time or miss playoffs.