Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 8/18)

Game 1: Friday, August 15
Chi Cubs2Final
NY Mets3
Game 2: Saturday, August 16
Chi Cubs3Final
NY Mets7
Game 3: Sunday, August 17
Chi Cubs2Final
NY Mets1
Game 4: Monday, August 18
Chi Cubs4Final
NY Mets1

Cubs 4

(54-70, 26-39 away)

Mets 1

(59-67, 30-32 home)

    Coverage:  SNNY

    12:10 PM ET, August 18, 2014

    Citi Field, New York, New York 

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    CHC 000001012 4 9 0
    NYM 000100000 1 4 0

    W: K. Hendricks (5-1)

    L: B. Carlyle (1-1)

    S: H. Rondon (18)

    Cubs-Mets Preview


    Kyle Hendricks doesn't overpower hitters, but the Chicago Cubs' rookie has been effective and efficient while getting his big league career off to a solid start.

    He'll look to win his fourth straight outing Monday as the Cubs seek a split of their four-game series with the New York Mets at Citi Field.

    Since allowing four runs in six innings of his major league debut against Cincinnati on July 10, Hendricks (4-1, 1.73 ERA) has posted a 1.01 ERA over five starts while pitching into at least the seventh of each.

    The right-hander gave up six hits through 7 1/3 innings of a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday.

    "Every time I'm going out there I just feel confident that I can make pitches," said Hendricks, acquired in the July 2012 trade that sent Ryan Dempster to Texas. "It grows each start, and it's going to keep growing hopefully."

    Hendricks' mix of offspeed pitches has helped overcome an average fastball, and he tries to keep hitters off balance by working quickly.

    "It's something I've always done, since I was little," he said. "The pace of the game is big for me. It keeps the infielders in the game and keeps them on their toes, and it's my pitching style."

    The Cubs (53-70) have won five of Hendricks' six starts -- the only defeat being a 1-0 loss to St. Louis on July 27 in which he pitched 6 1/3 innings -- and hope to continue that trend after ending a three-game skid with Sunday's 2-1 victory.

    Luis Valbuena had an RBI single in the fourth after going 1 for his previous 32, and Starlin Castro -- batting .400 over his last 16 -- went 2 for 4 with an opposite-field home run in the top of the ninth that proved to be the difference.

    "He's having a very good season and we're glad to see that," manager Rick Renteria said of Castro, who has recorded at least a hit in 10 of his 12 career games at Citi Field.

    New York (59-66) has dropped four of six on a homestand that ends with this contest. Curtis Grandson's RBI single tied Sunday's contest in the eighth for the Mets, who travel to Oakland for a two-game series beginning Tuesday before a three-game road set against the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Friday.

    The Mets look to head into that stretch on a positive note with help from Bartolo Colon, who has been solid in his last two starts.

    Colon (11-10, 3.85) gave up one run in eight innings of a 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Aug. 8 before allowing two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to Washington.

    The right-hander has pitched at least seven innings in four of his last five starts, needing only 89 pitches to do so in his latest outing.

    "Outstanding," manager Terry Collins said after Colon's start Wednesday. "Threw a lot of zeros up there against a good team. He's done a good job."

    Colon last faced the Cubs while with the Athletics on July 3, 2013 and allowed two runs in seven innings -- including a solo homer to Valbuena -- in the 3-1 loss. That was his first start against Chicago in more than nine years.

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    Gameday Matchup

     ChicagoNew York
    Current StreakW1W2
    Last 105-56-4

    Pitching Matchup

    ChicagoNew York
    K. Hendricks
    7-2, 2.46 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/23 vs STL
    5.1 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND
    C. Torres
    8-6, 3.06 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs HOU
    1.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.ChicagoNew York
    1. A. Alcantara, CF C. Granderson, RF
    2. J. Baez, 2B D. Murphy, 2B
    3. A. Rizzo, 1B D. Wright, 3B
    4. S. Castro, SS L. Duda, 1B
    5. L. Valbuena, 3B T. d'Arnaud, C
    6. J. Ruggiano, RF M. den Dekker, LF
    7. W. Castillo, C J. Lagares, CF
    8. M. Szczur, LF W. Flores, SS
    9. K. Hendricks, P C. Torres, P

    Research Notes

    Justin Ruggiano has a 1.066 OPS in plate appearances that end in a fastball this season, which would be good for third among qualified hitters. Bartolo Colon has thrown a fastball 82.3 percent of the time this year, the most in all of baseball.
    From Elias: Javier Baez became the 8th active player to hit 5 or more HR through his first 14 career games joining names like Matt Kemp, Chris Davis and Josh Hamilton...
    Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run earlier today...that gives him 28 on the season... Over the last two seasons, Rizzo has a total of 51 HR, that is tied for 3rd most in the National League behind Giancarlo Stanton and Paul Goldschmidt...

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