New York Mets (58-70 Road: 24-38) at Chicago Cubs (63-62 Home: 36-24) 2:20pm
Pat Misch (0-1 4.09) vs. Ted Lilly (9-8 3.40)
What to watch: The Mets are in Chicago for a 3-game weekend series. The Cubs have lost five of their last seven games and so have the Mets. Lilly is 2-4 since June 14 and has given up 9 earned runs in his last 14 innings. This is Misch’s first start as a Met, he did start 7 games for the Giants last year. The Mets have lost 12 of the 15 games that Misch appeared in this season.
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The Mets are bringing Nelson Figueroa in for a spot start against the D-Backs and Dan Haren tonight at Citi Field. To make room on the roster, Pat Misch was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. He wasn’t designated for assignment as some other websites have reported. Misch doesn’t have enough MLB service time yet so he still has options.
Figueroa has been fantastic at Buffalo this season starting 17 games with a 7-5 record and 2.25 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Keep in mind this is a Buffalo team that’s in last place and 24 games under .500 in the International League.
Misch hadn’t pitched in two weeks before yesterday’s game. Although he hasn’t lit the world on fire this season with his 4.08 ERA and 1.74 WHIP, he has’t been terrible either. The league is hitting .308 against him, which has led to him having few clean innings.