The Cubs (59-55, 27-27 away) and Mets (51-62, 27-24 home) square off in three of this National League series. David Peterson will take the mound for the Mets against Kyle Hendricks for the Cubs. See who I like to come out on top in this Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets showdown in New York.
CHICAGO CUBS VS NEW YORK METS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -118
This game will be played at Citi Field at 7:10 ET on Wednesday, August 9th.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO CUBS:
- Over their last five games on the road, Chicago has a straight-up record of 3-2.
- The Cubs have put together a 4-1 record in their last five games as the favorite.
- The Mets have gone 1-2 in David Peterson’s last five starts.
CHICAGO CUBS STRUGGLING VS RUNLINE OF LATE
Overall, the Cubs have a record of 59-55 which has them 3rd in the NL Central. Chicago has rattled off six straight series victories and have an overall series record of 19-13-4. This season, Chicago is 32-28 at home and 27-27 on the road.
Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has a 4-6 record and an ERA of 3.98 so far this season. When pitching away from home, his ERA is 2.94, but it jumps to 6.05 when he’s in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. His WHIP for the season is 1.11, and opposing teams have a .241 batting average against him with a .392 slugging percentage.
After a 7-run, 8-hit outing over four innings against the Braves, Kyle Hendricks is coming off a tough start.
The Cubs have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 18 home runs over their last ten games. Compared to other clubs, this is 2nd best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 11th in home runs and 9th in slugging percentage. Overall, Chicago is averaging 5.1 runs per game (5th).
The Cubs’ Dansby Swanson has been a force at the plate over the past ten games, leading the team with five home runs. His season-long total stands at 17, while his overall batting average is .259.
WILL THE NEW YORK METS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Entering game 114 of their season, the Mets are 21 games out in the NL East and are in 4th place. So far, their overall series record stands at 12-20-5. New York’s road winning percent is currently 38.7% (24-38) compared to 52.9% at home (27-24).
David Peterson has made 18 appearances this season, with a .454 slugging percentage allowed and a WHIP of 1.61. His overall record stands at 3-7, with an ERA of 5.65 and 69 strikeouts, averaging 9.51 K’s per nine innings. When playing away from home, Peterson is 1-5 with an ERA of 7.48; however, his record at home is 2-2 with an ERA of 2.70.
David Peterson’s last appearance was not a successful one, as he gave up no runs in three innings of work. Unfortunately, the Mets were unable to capitalize on his performance, losing to the Orioles 10-3. Despite this setback, Peterson has had a solid season so far in 2023.
As a team, New York has scuffled at the plate over their last ten games, with a combined batting average of just .204. Compared to other teams, this is just 23rd in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .400% while going deep a total of 141 times (10th). Overall, the Mets are 19th in the MLB at 4.4 runs per contest.
The Mets’ Brandon Nimmo leads the team in hits, boasting a .254 batting average. He’s also recorded a .425 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .351 entering the game.