Mets vs. Cubs Preview: Game #86 — Jonathon Niese vs. Ryan Dempster

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 18: Jon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 18, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Tonight's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.

Teams: Mets vs. Cubs
Date: Sunday, July 8, 2012 • 1:10 p.m.
Location: Citi Field • Flushing, NY
Starters: RHP Ryan Dempster (3-3, 2.11) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (7-3, 3.35)
TV/Radio: SNY • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #86 • Home Game #46

Starting Lineup

Ruben Tejada – SS
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Ike Davis – 1B
Lucas Duda – RF
Scott Hairston – LF
Jordany Valdespin – CF
Josh Thole – C
Jonathon Niese – LHP

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 games...The Mets improved to 32-13 when they score first.

AT HOME: The Mets are 26-19 at home this year...The 26 wins are tied for the fourth-most in the majors...New York is 7-4 in its last 11 games.

HOMEGROWN: The Mets used a completely homegrown starting lineup yesterday for the second time this season…They improved to 2-0 in these games this season and 4-0 all-time…The Mets’ other homegrown win this season was on April 26, a 3-2 victory at home against the Marlins...The other two occurrences happened in 1971.

DAY BASEBALL: The Mets are 21-11 during day games this year...The 21 wins are tied for the second-most in the majors with San Francisco ...Detroit is first with 23 wins...David Wright leads the National League and is second in the majors with a .389 batting average during the day while Daniel Murphy is sixth in the NL with a .347 mark in day action.

1 RUN OR LESS: The Mets held the Cubs to one run in yesterday’s 3-1 win...It was the Mets’ major league-best 23rd game holding the opponent to one run or less...The Dodgers are second with 22 such games.

SUNDAY: Ruben Tejada has the highest batting average in the majors on Sunday with a .524 (13-24) mark (min. 20 at-bats).

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