#Cubs and Lester face Mets
Jon Lester gets the start Monday night when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Mets. First pitch will be at 6:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
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The Mets swept the Cubs in New York June 30-July 3. They have not won a regular season game at Wrigley Field since May 19, 2013.
Anthony Rizzo is batting .380 and slugging .717 in his last 24 games.
The Cubs have lost Lester’s last four starts. He’s 0-1 with a 7.58 ERA (16 earned runs over 19 IP) in that stretch, including a loss to the Mets on July 3 when he gave up eight runs over 1 1/3 innings in shortest outing of his career.
Ben Zobrist is not starting for the second straight game. It’s part of Joe Maddon’s plan to give the veteran a breather. Zobrist didn’t get much of a break during All-Star week.