Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mets – 08/15/14

Game One Hundred Twenty-One – Cubs (52-68) vs. Mets (57-65)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844
  • Location – Citi Field, Flushing

Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86/1.53/4.13) vs. Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53/1.33/3.59)

The Cubs will spend the next four days in New York facing Ron Santo’s favorite team, the Mets. The four-game wrap around series ends Monday morning then the Cubs will return to Wrigley for a six-game homestand with the Giants and Orioles.

The Cubs swept the three-game series against the Metropolitans at Wrigley Field during the first week of June. The offense that struck out 77 times with only seven walks during the recently completed seven-game homestand will have its hands full with the Mets starting staff this weekend.

After tonight’s match-up of Travis Wood and Zack Wheeler, Dan Straily makes his Cubs debut Saturday night against lefty Jon Niese. Jake Arrieta was pushed to Sunday afternoon and is scheduled to face Rafael Montero. Kyle Hendricks and Bartolo Colon are set for the series finale Monday morning.

Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer have the weekend off and will be back Tuesday for the opener against the Giants to call the action on 720 WGN. Dave Eanet and Dave Otto are filling in for Hughes and Coomer over the next four games.

The weekend in the Big Apple all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood was solid his last time out against the Rays. Wood gave up one unearned run on four hits in six innings and recorded his second straight quality start. Wood still struggled with his command and issued three walks. Until he keeps from issuing multiple free passes, Wood will not be able to complete more than six innings per start.

Wood has two no decisions in his last two games with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Wood has given up 11 hits with six walks and seven strikeouts in his last 12 innings.

PrintThe road has not been too kind to Wood this season. Outside of Wrigley Field he is 4-6 in 12 starts with a 6.11 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. And Wood faces the Metropolitans for the second time this season tonight.

Travis Wood lasted five innings against the Mets on June 5 at Wrigley. Wood allowed two runs on four this with five walks and three strikeouts. For his career, Wood is 2-0 in five starts versus the Mets with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP … at Citi Field, 1-0 in two starts with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

Mets Career Numbers against Travis Wood

Zack Wheeler is having a good first full season in the Mets rotation. Wheeler has completed at least six innings in each of his last eight starts and has pitched into the seventh inning or later in nine of his last 10 starts while allowing two or fewer runs nine of the last 10 times he’s taken the ball. Wheeler received a no decision against the Phillies after allowing three runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The three earned runs he allowed was the most runs scored off Wheeler since June 25.

Since the break, Zack Wheeler is 2-0 in five starts with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP and he’s 3-4 in nine starts at Citi Field this year with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

The Cubs had zero success against Wheeler back on June 3 at Wrigley Field. Wheeler tossed 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball while allowing just two hits. The Cubs managed two walks and struck out seven times. Wheeler makes his second career start against the Cubs tonight.

Cubs Numbers against Zack Wheeler in 2014

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