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(49-42) NY Mets vs. Chicago Cubs (55-36)
Date: Monday, July 18h, 2016
Time: 7:05PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL.
Projected Pitchers: Steven Matz vs Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -170
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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The Cubs host the Mets to open the series at Wrigley Field. The Mets have been steadily sliding down the standings and are barely hanging onto the second wild card spot.
They have lost 4 of their last 5 games.
The Cubs are starting to win again and have now won 3 of their last 4 games, taking their series against the Ranger 2-1.
Steven Matz pitches for the Mets who has been excellent with a 7-5 record, 3.38 ERA, and 1.23 WHIP. Jon Lester has been phenomenal for the Cubs who holds a record of 9-4, 3.01 ERA, and 1.08 WHIP.
The Mets have struggled offensively all season and just don’t have the kind of offensive power to win consistently, despite their amazing pitching that gives up just 3.6 runs per game.
They score just 3.8 runs per game which is 3rd last in the MLB.
They’ve scored just 16 runs in their last 6 games, two of those games were 5 run efforts. Therefore, they’ve scored just 6 runs in the other 4 games!
Steven Matz has been pretty good for the Mets but is no shut’em down type of pitcher. He gave up just 3 over 7 innings in his last outing and 2 over 7 innings in his start prior to the last.
The two outings prior to his last two outings, he gave up 9 runs over 9.2 innings pitched.
The Cubs have found the “w” a bit more and are looking to continue where they started off this season.
They aren’t scoring as much as they were despite still being 2nd in the league at runs per game with 5.2. They have scored just 22 runs over their last 5 games.
What made the Cubs such a dominant team to start the season is the combination of their high run production and superb pitching.
So even when they aren’t producing, they are still set up to win every game.
Lester has been no exception to the teams superb pitching. His ERA of 3.01 speaks volumes.
He’s been rocked his last 2 outings, giving up 5 runs over 3 innings against the Pirates and then 8 runs over just 1.1 innings against these Mets on July 3rd.
He’ll be looking to bounce back in this one and we should expect him to.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Mets have lost 4 of their last 5 games
- Mets have scored 16 runs in their last 6 games
- Mets totals have been under 6 games in a row
- Cubs have won 3 of their last 4 games
- Cubs have scored 22 runs in their last 5 games
- Cubs totals have been under 3 games in a row
Free NY Mets vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
The Cubs look like they are finding their offense again even though they haven’t been producing crazy numbers. The return of La Stella has given them a boost. So they clearly get the edge over the Mets.
Pitching favors the Cubs but Lester was rocked hard just a couple weeks ago against the Mets, so it’s something to consider.
Cubs should still take this one down because Lester should bounce back.
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Cubs will probably end the ball game with 4 or 5 runs, as their offense has been steady and Matz typically gives up at least a couple.
The Mets struggle to score and will probably struggle against Lester this time around.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Cubs 4-2
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