Free MLB Pick: Mets vs Cubs Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(7-4) New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs (6-9)
Date: Tuesday, April 20th, 2020
Time: 7:40 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Taijuan Walker vs. Jake Arrieta
MLB Moneyline Odds: Mets -130 | Cubs +110
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Mets -1.5 (OFF)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: OFF
The 1st place New York Mets head to Wrigley Field for what could be a very chilly three game series with the Cubs. Offense is going to be hard to come by and there’s snow predicted for Wednesday, that’s not news the struggling Chicago batters want to here.
If there’s an offensive category, Chicago is probably last in it – or were until one big game with the Braves. David Ross’ team has looked better scoring 17 runs the last two, but pitchers are likely going to decide Tuesday night’s tilt.
New York Mets
New York has won 5 of their last 6 to climb to the top of the NL East ladder, nursing a 1.5 game lead over the Phillies. The Mets only scored 8 runs at Coors Field over the weekend, but it was good enough to take 2 of 3 from the Rockies.
That’s a testament to solid pitching, something Tijuan Walker can very easily continue with vs. the Cubs. Walker (0-0, 2.61 ERA) has a fastball that has reached 97 MPH this year, but is also getting better with the offspeed stuff.
Chicago hitters are easily fooled this year, and Walker has 12 K’s in 10.1 IP over his two starts. He’s only allowed 7 hits and 3 ER over those two outings, so the Cubs offense probably won’t do much here.
How about the Mets offense though? New York only managed 4, 2, and 2 runs in the three games at hitter friendly Coors Field, and have now actually fallen to last in the majors with just 3.08 runs/game.
Are the Chicago bats heating up, or were those just two fluke performances on Saturday and Sunday? Sunday wasn’t even that great in plating just 4 runs, but Saturday’s 13-4 win over the Braves was impressive.
It’s been Willson Contreras who is really on a roll for Chicago, hitting 4 HRs in the last four games. Anthony Rizzo is 9 for his last 18 (.500) with 2 long balls, so there is some upside for the beleaguered Chicago offense.
Chicago has also hit .350 as a team vs. Walker. Offseason acquisition Joc Pederson is 7-15 (.467) with a HR and Bryant has a hit in both of his ABs vs. the Mets starter.
The downfall of the Cubs having some offensive success against Walker is that the Mets also hit .368 as a team against Chicago starter Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.18 ERA). The right-hander was mostly a victim of lack of run support in the 7-0 loss to the Brewers last time out, as only 3 of those runs were on him.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in Mets last 9 on the road
- Mets are 5-1 last 6 games
- Cubs are 14-3 last 17 vs. Mets
- Cubs are 4-1 last 5 vs. Mets
Free New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
Chicago has shown some offensive improvement as of late, climbing out of the basement to rank 28th in runs/game and 23rd in OPS. They still have the worst batting average (.192) in the majors though.
Everything changes with the weather though, as it’s expected to dip to 38 degrees with the wind blowing in at Wrigley Field. Oddsmakers are especially late releasing the betting total on this one, but anything below 7 or even 6.5 is a play on the under.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under
These are two teams that struggle to score even when it’s 70 degrees out or in the Mets case when they are playing at Coors Field. Somebody is probably getting held to 1 run on Tuesday.
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