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The New York Mets are traveling west to face off against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The game gets underway 8:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will be televising this NL showdown.

New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Mets are 58-72 SU and are 61-67 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 14.6 units for moneyline bettors and 11.3 units ATS. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 76-53 SU and 64-64 ATS. The team has gained 2.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 0.8 units ATS.

Cubs games have a 56-69-3 over/under record in 2018. The Mets have also been a decent under bet with a total record of 56-66-6.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start for the visiting Mets. The right-handed Syndergaard (9-3, 3.38 ERA) has racked up 111 strikeouts in 106.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cubs are putting the ball in the left hand of Jon Lester (14-5, 3.64 ERA, 1.32 WHIP), who has 116 strikeouts and 53 walks. Lester is 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against New York this year.

New York’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.01 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.88, along with a K-per-9 of 8.20.

Mets hitters have slashed .235/.314/.388 on their way to 4.2 runs scored per game this season, including 3.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

New York’s offensive production has been led by second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and shortstop Amed Rosario. Cabrera is slashing .277/.329/.488 with 18 home runs, 58 RBIs and 48 runs scored, while Rosario is hitting .242 with seven homers, 41 RBIs, 58 runs and 15 steals.

For the home team, Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 4.0 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 4.00 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.22 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

The Chicago offense has put up 4.9 runs per contest, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 7.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .309/.369/.579 over its last five matchups and is 5-0 SU during that span.

Second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have led the Cubs’ hitters this year. Baez is hitting .296/.328/.575 with 28 home runs, 97 RBIs, 79 runs and 21 stolen bases, and Rizzo’s line is .272/.369/.467 with 21 homers, 84 RBIs and 56 runs.

New York Mets at Chicago Cubs Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Mets, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • New York has logged 12 extra-base hits over its last five games. Chicago has 23 XBH over its last five.
  • New York has recorded 18.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 15.6 over its last five.
  • The Mets have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.