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they are going to maintain 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 James Shields 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.” Dylan Buell/Getty ImagesThe wife of Addison Russell, Melisa Reidy, said she was assaulted by the Chicago Cubs infielder in a blog post last week.Russell was then placed onpaid鈥?administrative鈥?leave by Major League Baseball Yolmer Sanchez Jersey , though according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the league had additional information beyond Reidy's post:"The post alone would not have been enough for baseball to force Russell off the field under its joint domestic violence policy with the players' union. The league had additional credible information, according to sources familiar with its investigation."The league's investigation includes interviews with Reidy and numerous other witnesses, and with officials gathering additional information since Russell went on leave, sources said."Reidy, who also accused Russell of emotional abuse, neglect and infidelity, didn't outline the details of Russell's physical abuse but did write that it occurred:"The first time I was physicallymistreated by my spouse, I was in shock. I couldn't wrap my head around what just happened did he get so angry? What did I do for him to want to put his hands on me? Of course I forgave himassumed it would never happen again. I just thought he had let his emotions get the best of him, he loves me and he's sorry. I was deeply hurt that he could even be capable of this behavior towards me Adam Engel Jersey , I couldn't understand how the man I was so in love with, the FATHER of my child, the man I married just a few months ago could show such aggression towards me?Reidy also suggested Russell physically abused her on her last visit to see him."But, as I expected our visit was a nightmare, I swore to myself it would be the last time he'd lay his hands on meit would be that last time I'd let my son be a witness to it," she wrote.As Rosenthal noted, Russell and the MLB Players' Union did not call for an emergency hearing to challenge the league's decision to place him on administrative leave, though he added that"Russell's camp is pushing back behind the scenes."It also appears likely that Russell will ultimately get suspended, with Rosenthal writing there was a "slim" chance of Russell rejoining the Cubs for the postseason and that every player previously placed on administrativeleave ultimately accepted a suspension without an appeal.Russell, 24 , has spent the past four seasons as Chicago's shortstop. He denied the accusations in Reidy's blog post Friday."These allegations are completely false," he said in a statement. "I made that clear to Major League Baseball last year and reiterated it to the Cubs today. I'm confident any full and fair investigation will fully exonerate me. The protection of my children is foremost in my mind so I will have no further comment."Cubs manager Joe Maddon told The Score (h/tPaul Sullivanof theChicago Tribune)he hadn't read Reidy's post and was going to allow the investigation to run its course, while Cubs president Theo Epstein noted that "if you know someone in one context, you don't necessarily know them fully.""And, that said, he's a member of this organization who has been an active member of this club," Epstein continued. "His dealings with us have been certainly on the up-and-up. And I can't speculate as to things that occur beyond this, except to say that we certainly are concerned about the accusations."

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