The Mets (67-65, 12.5 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) try to stop their five-game losing streak and series sweep when they face the Cubs (71-61, 2.0 GB in NL Central, 2.0 GA for second Wild Card) Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.
The Mets have lost four straight games at home for the first time all year and the first time overall since their seven-game skid June 23-29. Despite the losing streak, the Mets have won 14 of their last 19 home games. The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 21-9 in their last 30 games. As of late, the bullpen is improved -- Mets relievers have combined for a 2.33 ERA with 10 earned runs over 38.2 innings, striking out 51 while walking 26 and allowing 26 hits -- most recently with Wednesday's 6.0 shutout frames against the Cubs. At the plate, Wilson Ramos continues to ride a career-best hitting streak of 21 games -- the longest active streak in baseball -- hitting three home runs and 15 RBI while slashing .425/.452/.575 during the stretch since Aug. 3's 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the season, the catcher has 13 home runs, 64 RBI and a slash line of .290/.354/.417.