Chicago Cubs Vs NY Mets Expert Game Pick
Summer weekends simply aren’t complete without a great baseball game or two on the TV, and we certainly have at least one potentially exciting series to look forward to this coming weekend. Arguably, the best series on tap sees the Chicago Cubs head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Mets. These are two teams that are expected to be in the playoff picture at the end of this season, with the Mets in particular looking to get back after losing the World Series to the Kansas City Royals last year. They definitely have a tough series on their hands this weekend, as the Cubs are proving that their breakout season in 2015 was most definitely not a fluke. They have added some important pieces to the line-up to complement their younger guys, and the moves are definitely paying dividends. The Cubs are likely to be the favorites in the betting lines, but this 4-game series is not going to be won without a serious battle.
Chicago Cubs Vs New York Mets MLB Odds Analysis
When: Friday, July 1 at 7:10 PM EST
Where: Citi Field, New York
Starting Pitchers: Jason Hammel Vs Jacob DeGrom
Radio: WOR and WSCR
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Chicago Cubs
Just how good is this Chicago Cubs (51-26) team right now? If you look at their stats, you will see that they are pretty darn solid all around. They are 3rd overall in runs scored, and have no less than 2 pitchers in the top 5 in ERA. They have a tremendous balance between offense and defense, and their +170 run differential is far and away the best in the major leagues. The Cubs have already built up an 11-game lead in the division, and are heading into this series on a modest 3-game win streak. The Cubs are a solid 14-8 versus teams from the NL East, and are currently sporting a 26-15 road record. Jason Hammel (7-4, 2.58 ERA) will start for the Cubs.
Why bet on the New York Mets
The Mets (40-37) are in a funk that they are going to have to snap out of soon if they hope to remain relevant in their own division. They come into this series on a 4-game losing skid that included a sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals. The Mets now find themselves in 3rd place in the NL East, 6 games back of the Nats, and a half game behind the Marlins. The offense has totally dried up at the moment, with just 9 runs scored in the last 5 games. This is still one of the best pitching staffs in the league, but they are going to have issues if there is no run support forthcoming. Jacob DeGrom (3-4, 2.67 ERA) is expected to be on the mound for the Mets.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is a very good pitching match-up, and one that might well result in a low-scoring affair. I still think that the Cubs will do just enough to eke out the win here.