Cubs vs. New York Mets at Wrigley Field
TV: WGN Tuesday and Thursday; Comcast SportsNet Wednesday
Radio: WGN 720- AM
Pitching matchups: The Cubs' Ryan Dempster (2-4) vs. Jonathon Niese (3-4) Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.; Casey Coleman (2-3) vs. Dillon Gee (3-0) Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.; Carlos Zambrano (4-2) vs. R.A. Dickey (2-5) Thursday at 1:20 p.m.
At a glance: The Cubs were 3-4 against the Mets last year, 2-1 at Wrigley Field. The Mets lost two of three games to the Yankees over the weekend and arrive in Chicago with a 22-24 record; the Cubs are 20-25. The Cubs are finishing a stretch of 10 straight night games, a franchise record.
Ike Davis and Carlos Beltran are the two main power threats for New York. The two have combined for 15 homers and 50 RBI. The Cubs are 15th in the NL in team ERA, at 4.69. The Mets are 12th, at 4.01. The Cubs will face a second knuckleball pitcher this week in Dickey. Boston's Tim Wakefield gave the Cubs fits Sunday night.
Next: Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field, Friday-Sunday
-- Bruce Miles