Cubs Game Notes For Thursday @ NY Mets

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* The Cubs went 7-0 against the Mets last year and are 12-2 versus New York since the beginning of 2014. The seven victories in 2015 were the most by the Cubs in any single-season series since 1900 in which they went undefeated.

* After dropping six of their previous seven games, the Cubs regained their bearings by sweeping three games at Cincinnati over the past three days. Chicago averaged nine runs per game and clubbed 10 homers in the series.

* The Mets have lost four in a row, matching a season long (twice previously). They have been outscored, 25-8, during their current skid, when Mets pitchers have compiled a 7.03 ERA while walking (19) as many batters as they’ve struck out (19).

* John Lackey is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA over four career starts against the Mets. He’s surrendered exactly one run in each of his last three starts versus New York, when he’s combined 16 strikeouts with only two walks and fashioned a 1.25 ERA.

* After going 7-0 with a 1.17 ERA over eight starts between April 17 and May 31, Steven Matz is 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA over four starts in June. He is reportedly pitching with a bone spur in his pitching elbow rather than undergoing surgery.

* Since getting called up from the minors a couple weeks ago, Willson Contreras has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in each of his first 11 games with a plate appearance. That matches Tony Taylor in 1958 and Joe Munson in 1925-26 for the longest such streaks by any Cub to begin their MLB careers since 1913.


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