Jon Niese (3-4, 4.39 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 1.95 K/BB): The southpaw is coming off his best start of the season last week against the Washington Nationals. In a rain-soaked night at Citi Field, Niese tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just six hits and one walk while punching out seven en route to the victory. He’s been something of a workhorse for most of the season, averaging six and one-third innings and 103 pitches in his last seven outings. (Career vs. Cubs: .371/.437/.596 line in three starts with a 6.75 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, 1.63 K/BB).
Ryan Dempster (2-4, 6.91 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 2.48 K/BB): The usually dependable Dempster has had a rough go of it this season but has settled down recently. He surrendered five runs on eight hits and two walks in his last start against the Florida Marlins in a no decision, but has a 3.60 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 4.6 K/BB in his last four starts. Dempster has been done in by the long ball this season, already allowing eleven home runs in ten starts. (Career vs. Mets: .293/.397/.388 line in 25 games with a 5.58 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, 1.37 K/BB).
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