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The Cubs can sweep the Mets with a win in New York today. It would be a somewhat unexpected sweep considering the Mets took 3-of-4 games from the Cubs at Wrigley Field in mid-July. The Cubs have turned things on in the second half of the season, playing .500 baseball while the starters have combined for a 3.11 ERA, which is third in MLB over that time frame.
Drew Smyly has been a big reason for the Cubs’ post-All-Star break success. He’s 4-3 with a 2.92 ERA in the second half and is the only Cubs starter with more than three wins. He’s given up more than two earned runs just twice since the break. Look for another good outing tonight and a win if he goes 6+ innings.
Christopher Morel is batting leadoff, the first time since August 4, and he’ll be playing short in Nico Hoerner‘s stead. Seiya Suzuki is in right, Franmil Reyes is DH, Patrick Wisdom is at third, and Yan Gomes is catching. P.J. Higgins is at first, Michael Hermosillo is in center, Nelson Velázquez is in left, and David Bote is at second.
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