Mets @ Cubs, May 24: Kodai Senga faces off against Marcus Stroman at 7:40 p.m. on SNY

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The Mets look to even up the series at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night as they take on the Chicago Cubs at 7:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

  • Pete Alonso hit his 18th home run of the year Tuesday night, his seventh home run in just 12 games at Wrigley. He is currently on pace to hit 60 dingers this season

  • After a three-hit night Tuesday, Brandon Nimmo is now slashing .355/.413/.482 with eight doubles, two homers and 15 RBI in road games

  • Francisco Alvarez has saved the Mets two runs based on his pitch framing this season, per Statcast. The rookie has converted 51.1 percent of non-swing pitches into called strikes in the Statcast-defined shadow zone, seventh best in baseball

  • At the plate, Alvarez has four doubles and four home runs with 9 RBI and a .968 OPS in the month of May

  • New York has homered in seven straight games, and is 20-10 when hitting a big fly.

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Who is starting for the Mets?

Kodai Senga makes his first start at the historic Wrigley Field and he is coming off his best start of the season when he struck out 12 over six innings of one-run baseball on three hits against the Tampa Bay Rays.


After being scheduled to pitch in Tuesday's game the Mets pushed the 30-year-old's start one day so he is now pitching on six days rest. He had made five of his previous starts on five days' rest.

Through eight starts in America, the Japanese right-hander has allowed 18 runs on 36 hits over 43 innings for a 3.77 ERA (4.35 FIP) with a 1.442 WHIP. He has walked 26 batters (10th percentile) and struck out 55 (81st percentile) and been tagged with six home runs.

Who is starting for the Cubs?

Marcus Stroman, who played parts of two seasons with the Mets and opt-ed out of the 2020 pandemic season, takes the hill for the North Siders.


The 32-year-old Stroman looks to go at least six innings for the ninth time this season after he allowed one run on three hits over six innings in his last start in Philadelphia.

In 10 starts this season, the right-hander has allowed 19 runs (all earned) on 43 hits over 56 innings pitched for a 3.05 ERA (3.56 FIP) with a 1.143 WHIP. Stroman has walked 21 batters (40th percentile) and struck out 51 (47th percentile) and surrendered four round-trippers.

Upcoming schedule

The Mets and Cubs conclude the three-game set in Chicago on Thursday night at 7:40 p.m. on SNY.

Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.68 ERA) looks to get his 2023 season back on track and he'll face another pitcher who is looking for a bounce-back start in the Cubs' Jameson Taillon (0-3, 8.10 ERA).