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Mets @ Cubs, May 23: Tylor Megill looks to push winning streak to six at 7:40 pm on SNY

May 18, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill (38) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning at Citi Field. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Mets open a six-game road trip on Tuesday night as they take on the Chicago Cubs at 7:40 pm on SNY.

Mets Notes

  • The Mets have won five consecutive games and went 5-1 during their recent homestand against the Rays and Guardians

  • Tuesday, they begin a six-game road trip against the Cubs and Rockies

  • In 16 games in May, Francisco Alvarez — who is not in the lineup Tuesday — is batting .271 (13-48) with seven runs, four doubles, four home runs, nine RBI, six walks with a .968 OPS

  • Brandon Nimmo is batting .340 with 12 runs, seven doubles, two home runs, 15 RBI, and a .864 OPS in 27 road games this season

  • Pete Alonso has six homers and 14 RBI in 11 games at Wrigley Field, he’s driven in at least one run in six consecutive games at the stadium



Brandon Nimmo, CF

Nico Hoerner, 2B

Eduardo Escobar, 2B

Dansby Swanson, SS

Francisco Lindor, SS

Ian Happ, LF

Pete Alonso, 1B

Seiya Suzuki, RF

Mark Vientos, DH

Christopher Morel, DH

Starling Marte, RF

Mike Tauchman, CF

Brett Baty, 3B

Patrick Wisdom, 3B

Tommy Pham, LF

Yan Gomes, C

Gary Sanchez, C

Matt Mervis, 1B

Who is starting for the Mets?

Taylor Megill is starting in place of Kodai Senga for the Mets.

This isn’t due to an injury or anything like that, the switch just prevents New York from having to use the rookie right-hander on normal rest on Sunday in Colorado.

Senga will instead take the ball in Wednesday’s game against former Met Marcus Stroman and then again in the series opener on Tuesday night against the Phillies.

Megill, is coming off a terrific start last week against the Rays. He allowed just two runs on four hits and one walk across six innings of work.

Megill now has a 3.88 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 35 strikeouts through nine starts this season.

Who is starting for the Cubs?

Drew Smylywho has gotten off to a strong start in his second season with the Cubs.

The southpaw has a 2.86 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts through nine starts this season. His last time out he held the Astros to just one run on four hits while striking out eight over six innings.

In two starts against the Mets last season, he allowed just four runs (two earned) and struck out nine across 9.1 innings.

Upcoming schedule

The Mets and Cubs square off in the second game of this three-game set on Wednesday night at 7:40 pm on SNY.

Kodai Senga (4-2, 3.77 ERA) will look to build off the best start of his MLB career as he goes up against former Met Marcus Stroman (3-4, 3.05 ERA).

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