Although his 2-2 record might not support the idea, Mets right-hander Dillon Gee has been solid in his last seven outings, registering quality starts in each. Gee, who hasn't surrendered more than three runs since May 15, will start against the Cubs on Tuesday, taking his 3-1 road record into Wrigley Field. He's faced the Cubs one other time in his career, a 7-4 win last season in which he allowed four runs in six innings. Mets reliever Justin Hampson made his first Major League appearance since 2008 on Monday against the Cubs, surrendering one hit and striking out a batter in one inning of work. The left-hander was brought up from Triple-A Buffalo to bolster the Bullpen. "It's definitely a privilege to be here," Hampson said. "It's not given. It's something that can easily never happen again. You've got to take advantage of it." Cubs: Wells gets another start in place of Dempster
Chicago right-hander Randy Wells will get his second start in the place of the injured Ryan Dempster on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. The first of likely three starts while Dempster is out did not go well for Wells, who gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 7-0 loss to the White Sox on June 20. After that outing, Wells said the four walks he surrendered were unacceptable, and he hoped to get another chance. "I won't accept it," he said. "They shouldn't accept it. I don't know what's going to come after that. If I do get another one, it's time to go back to the drawing board and really focus on pounding fastballs down and away and get back to the basics, so to speak." Worth noting
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is one of just two NL players to start all of his team's games this season (73). Mets third baseman David Wright extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 1-for-4 performance on Monday. He's batting .362 in that stretch with eight RBIs.