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Mets vs Cubs Preview: Game #84 — Johan Santana vs Travis Wood

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Tonight's game notes, courtesy of @Mets.

Teams: Mets vs Cubs
Date: Friday, July 6, 2012 • 7:10 p.m.
Location: Citi Field • Flushing, NY
Starters: LHP Travis Wood (3-3, 3.05) vs. LHP Johan Santana (6-4, 2.76)
TV/Radio: SNY • WFAN • WQBU
Info: Game #84 • Home Game #44

Starting Lineup

Ruben Tejada – SS
Ronny Cedeno – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Scott Hairston – LF
Lucas Duda – RF
Justin Turner – 1B
Mike Nickeas – C
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
Johan Santana – LHP

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have won six of their last eight games ...New York improved to 12-10 in one-run games with last night’s 6-5 win over Philadelphia.

AT HOME: The Mets are 25-18 at home this year...The 25 wins are tied for the fifth-most in the majors.

WALKOFF RECORD: David Wright singled home Jordany Valdespin to give the Mets a 6-5 walkoff win over the Phillies last night...It was Wright’s eighth career walkoff RBI, tying him with Kevin McReynolds for the most in franchise history...Wright’s previous walkoff RBI came on August 7, 2008 when he took San Diego’s Heath Bell deep.

WALKING OFF: Last night was New York’s fourth walkoff win of the year and first since April 26 vs. Miami.

COMEBACK: New York posted its 17th come-from-behind win of the year and first since June 14 at Tampa Bay...The Mets also won for the second time this year when trailing entering the ninth inning...The other occurrence was April 26 vs. Miami in a 3-2 win capped off by Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ RBI single.

RBI MACHINE: David Wright had four RBI last night and has 17 RBI over his last eight games...The 17 RBI over eight games are the most he’s ever had over any eight-game span in his major league career...His previous high was 15 RBI in eight games from August 24-September 1, 2006 ...Wright had two four-RBI games in the series vs. Philadelphia, becoming the first Met to have a pair of four-RBI games in the same series against the Phillies.

HEADING TO THE BREAK: David Wright is hitting .35395, thousands of percentage points behind Jose Reyes, who holds the first-half team mark of .35428, set last year...Wright’s 26 doubles are tied for the thirdmost in franchise history prior to the All-Star break, trailing Kaz Matsui’s 27 doubles in 2004 and Carlos Beltran’s 28 doubles in 2008...Below is a look at some of Wright’s top first-half performances.

YEAR G 2B RBI AVG
2006 87 22 74 .316
2008 94 24 70 .282
2010 87 25 65 .314
2012 79 26 59 .354

SELECT LIST: Wright is one of two major leaguers with 50 or more runs scored, 50 or more RBI, 45 or more walks and a batting average higher than .300...Boston’s David Ortiz is the other.