The New York Mets have decided to play the percentages against Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija on Saturday, as their lineup is loaded with left-handed bats. Reuben Tejada, David Wright and pitcher Dillon Gee are the only right-handed bats in the starting nine for the Mets, who hope to capitalize on favorable splits. Samardzija has allowed lefties to produce a .270/.356/.494 line with 24 walks in 2012, while he has limited righties to a paltry .253/.297/.346 triple-slash batting line.
Will the move pay off for New York on Saturday? Here are the lineups for each team, via Baseball Press:
|Cubs Lineup||Mets Lineup|
|1. David DeJesus (L) CF||1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS|
|2. Starlin Castro (R) SS||2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B|
|3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B||3. David Wright (R) 3B|
|4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF||4. Ike Davis (L) 1B|
|5. Bryan LaHair (L) RF||5. Lucas Duda (L) RF|
|6. Steve Clevenger (L) C||6. Jordany Valdespin (L) LF|
|7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B||7. Josh Thole (L) C|
|8. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B||8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF|
|9. Jeff Samardzija (R) P||9. Dillon Gee (R) P|
Game date/time: Saturday, July 7, 3:10 p.m. CT
Location: Citi Field, New York, NY
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