Mets Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Welcomes New York To Wrigley Field

June 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (13) turns a double play on Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton (10) during the eighth inning at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The Cubs begin a six-game homestand on Monday.

As the Chicago Cubs prepare for the start of a series against the Mets on Monday, they're trying to work their way out of another rough stretch. The offense has been absent over their last five games, as they've scored a total of nine runs in that time, and the pitching hasn't been any better. They'll hope for better fortunes as they return to Wrigley Field for a homestand.

Related: Cubs Vs. Diamondbacks Final Score: Chicago Gets Swept In Arizona

The Cubs are scheduled to start Travis Wood (1-3, 4.14 ERA) Monday night, while Johan Santana (5-3, 3.00) will get the nod for New York.

Game 1 Date & Time: Monday, June 25, 7:05 p.m. CT

TV: CSN+

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, visit Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue and Mets blog Amazin' Avenue. And for more from around Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. For the latest on trade rumors and transactions, visit MLB Daily Dish.

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