The Chicago Cubs wrap up the first half of their season when they host a four-game series against the New York Mets at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs (34-54) have lost six straight, four on the road to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the past two at home to the Baltimore Orioles. Chicago struggled to produce offensively against Baltimore, mustering only three runs in the two-game set.
Marcus Stroman is set to pitch against his former team for the first time Friday since he left New York in free agency and signed with the Cubs. Stroman led the Mets' starting rotation with 10 wins, 158 strikeouts, and 179 innings last season. He has two wins and 48 strikeouts in 51 innings through 10 games this season.
The Mets (55-34) are coming off a road series victory against the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves. The series win widened the gap for the Mets atop the NL East standings. The Mets (.618 win percentage) are second in the NL behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (.665 win percentage).
New York Mets - Starling Marte: day-to-day (groin), James McCann: 10-Day IL (oblique), Tylor Megill: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Sean Reid-Foley: 60-Day IL (elbow), Trevor May: 60-Day IL (tricep), Jacob deGrom: 60-Day IL (shoulder), John Curtiss: 60-Day IL (elbow), Joey Lucchesi: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Chicago Cubs - Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Frank Schwindel: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Thursday: Keegan Thompson, RHP (7-3, 3.04 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) vs. Carlos Carrasco, RHP (9-4, 4.55 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)
Friday: Marcus Stroman, RHP (2-5, 4.91 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) vs. Taijuan Walker, RHP (7-2, 2.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)
Saturday: Drew Smyly, LHP (2-5, 4.43 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) vs. Max Scherzer, RHP (6-1, 2.15 ERA, 0.83 WHIP)
Sunday: Adrian Sampson, RHP (0-1, 3.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP) vs. David Peterson, LHP (5-2, 3.48 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)
How to Watch
Thursday: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network
Friday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network, ESPN+
Saturday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network
Sunday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network
All times Central