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The Chicago Cubs realize if they are going to ma

CHICAGO — intain their cushion in the National League Central that winning on a consistent basis will go a long way.And as the Cubs prepare to welcome the New York Mets to Wrigley Field for a three-game series starting Monday Michael Saunders Jersey , they may have found the kind of rhythm they have been looking for all season — and precisely at the right time.The Cubs are riding a five-game winning streak after sweeping the Cincinnati Reds with a 9-0 victory on Sunday. Daniel Murphy continues to pace the offense from the leadoff spot and David Bote added another home run to keep the Cubs rolling.Article continues below ...The Cubs finished the four-game series by scoring 29 runs. They have scored at least seven runs in four of their past five games.But if the Cubs hope to continue to keep their streak intact, Monday starter and ace Jon Lester will have to deal with a Mets team that has found its stride as well.The Mets couldn’t finish off a sweep of the Washington Nationals in a 15-0 loss on Sunday, but New York has been finding success of late just the same.The Mets will enter the series having won four of their past six games and hope to bounce back from Sunday’s lopsided loss.Lester (14-5, 3.64 ERA) takes the mound on a bit of a roll after winning his last two starts. He hit a speed bump three starts ago when he was shelled for nine runs (eight earned) in 3 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Aug. 11, but since then has given up just one earned run in 11 2/3 innings in his past two outings and has found the groove he had settled into earlier this season.Now, Lester will look to continue moving in the right direction against the Mets, against whom he is 6-1 with a 3.26 ERA in eight career starts.Lester departed his last start against the Detroit Tigers earlier than he would have liked after he was pulled by manager Joe Maddon after 5 2/3 innings.“As a competitor, I don’t have to like his decision,” Lester told reporters , according to the Cubs’ official website. “It doesn’t mean I don’t respect our manager and what he’s trying to do. He’s trying to win a baseball game and he feels if that’s the time to make the move, that’s the time to make the move.”Still, Lester likes the way he’s pitching of late.“The biggest thing is getting my fastball to the angle that it should be so you’re seeing the missed hits and foul balls and swings and misses on it,” Lester said. “I’ll keep working on that.”Lester will face Noah Syndergaard (9-3, 3.38), who has won three of his past four outings. Syndergaard surrendered two runs while scattering five hits and striking out six in six innings of his last start against the San Francisco Giants. He is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.Syndergaard has seemingly found his rhythm after missing nearly two months with a finger injury.“Obviously, he’s had a bit of a strange year in terms of injuries and sicknesses,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters earlier this month, according to “He’s going to be an elite pitcher if he can get his routine underway.” A look at what’s happening around the majors today:BUBBLY ON ICEFor the third night in a row Wily Peralta Jersey , the Red Sox attempt to clinch the AL East championship at Yankee Stadium. Boston entered the three-game set needing one victory over rival New York to secure its third consecutive division crown. But the Yankees have put the party on hold with two wins, including a 10-1 rout Wednesday night. Eduardo Rodriguez (12-4, 3.53 ERA) pitches the series finale for the Red Sox against Masahiro Tanaka (12-5, 3.47), who has a 2.09 ERA in 10 starts since the All-Star break. Rodriguez has allowed one run or fewer in five of his past six starts. New York has 245 home runs this season, matching the franchise record set in 2012.NOW OR NEVERTrailing the first-place Braves by 5½ games in the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies begin a four-game series at Atlanta. In fact, seven of Philadelphia’s final 11 games are against the Braves, so the Phillies still feel they have a realistic chance to catch up. “We’re in a pretty unique , exciting position that doesn’t happen that often,” slugger Rhys Hoskins said. “It’s going to be a fun, really, really competitive, really, really intense series.” Vince Velasquez (9-11, 4.26 ERA) pitches the opener for Philadelphia against Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.92), who is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts at SunTrust Park. Velasquez is 1-3 with a 7.52 ERA in his past seven starts. Atlanta’s magic number is six over the Phillies to clinch its first division title since 2013.FOR THE PRIZESeeking his third straight NL Cy Young Award Alex Gordon Jersey , Max Scherzer (17-7, 2.53 ERA) is on the mound when the Washington Nationals host the Mets. That means his main competition, New York ace Jacob deGrom, will be watching from the opposing dugout.ON A ROLLTime is running out for the late-surging Rays, but they keep on winning. Tampa Bay goes for its sixth consecutive victory when the team opens its final road series of the season with the first of four games at Toronto. The surprising Rays (85-66) have won 14 of 17 in September and trail Oakland by 5½ games for the second AL wild card with 11 remaining. Tampa Bay’s record would be good for at least a share of first place in three of the six divisions, yet the Rays are third in the AL East behind the Red Sox and Yankees. Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio is 1-8 since July 20 and has lost both his games against Tampa Bay this season.
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