The New York Mets have a lot of work in front of them if they want to catch the Atlanta Braves atop the National League East division, but they continue to fight. The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, are in a tight battle with the Milwaukee Brewers along with the St. Louis Cardinals an interesting race to the top of the NL Central. The Mets and the Cubs are +2500 and +550 to win the National League pennant, respectively.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs Regular-Season Series Running from June 20-23 2019
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
Game 1 Thursday, June 20, 8:05 PM EST
Game 2 Friday, June 21, 2:20 PM EST
Game 3 Saturday, June 22, 2:20 PM EST
Game 4 Sunday, June 23, 2:20 PM EST
Line: New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: TBA vs. TBA
The Mets’ starting rotation is only boasting of a mediocre 4.23 ERA, but the unit seems to be much better than what that number suggests, as it has a lower FIP of 3.92. The Cubs, on the other hand, have a starting rotation with a 3.74 ERA and a higher 4.02, though, it receives a better run support per nine innings (5.29) than the Cubs’ starters (5.01)
Rookie Pete Alonso is currently slashing .277/.388/.582 with 11 homers and 27 RBIs.
Javier Baez is hitting .313 at home this season, as of this writing.
Prediction: Cubs win, 6-2.
Starters: Jason Vargas (3-3, 3.74 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.65 ERA)
Vargas hurt his calf and got pulled out of the game after just four innings in a 4-3 home loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Jun. 16. However, he isn’t expected to miss a start. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in seven of his last 10 appearances on the mound. Darvish tamed the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 2-1 win on the road on Jun. 15, allowing just an earned run on two hits while striking out 10 in seven innings of action. He is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in two starts (14.1 innings) against the Mets since 2016.
Robinson Cano is 9-for-25 in career vs. Darvish.
Javier Baez is batting .340 against lefties this season as of this writing.
Prediction: Cubs win, 7-3.
Starters: Zack Wheeler (5-4, 4.87 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.8 ERA)
Wheeler got tagged with five earned runs on a dizzying total of 10 hits (two homers) in 4.2 innings of a 12-5 road loss to the New York Yankees on Jun. 11. The Mets, however, had gone 4-0 over his previous four starts. Quintana failed to pick up a win yet again on Jun. 16, when he allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings of a 3-2 road loss to the Dodgers. He’ll look to get a win in a matchup with the Mets. He is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts versus the Mets since 2016.
Robinson Cano is 7-for-19 in career vs. Quintana.
Jason Heyward is 8-for-24 in career vs. Wheeler.
Prediction: Mets win, 4-3.
Starters: Jacob deGrom (3-6, 3.38 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.98 ERA)
DeGrom allowed just two earned runs on six hits to go with six punchouts against the St, Louis Cardinals, but still ended up with a no-decision after a 5-4 home loss on Jun. 13. He has struck out 25 hitters over his last first three starts this month, spanning across 19.2 innings. Hamels shut out the Colorado Rockies on the road in a 10-1 win on Jun. 12, allowing zero runs on six hits with nine Ks in seven innings of action on the hill, thus extending his scoreless inning tossed to 22.1 innings since the calendar flipped to the current month. He is 2-1 with a clean 0.00 ERA over his first three starts this June.
Juan Lagares is 11-for-22 in career vs. Hamels.
Kris Bryant is 4-for-11 in career s. deGrom.
Prediction: Cubs win, 5-1.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Cubs take three of four games.
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