Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 4.00 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs meet Jacob deGrom (16-8, 2.47 ERA) and the New York Mets in Game 3 of the League Championship Series at Wrigley Field. The Mets won the last game 4-1, and New York leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 8:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and will air on TBS.
In Game 2 of the Divisional Playoffs, Hendricks pitched 4.2 innings, giving up three runs and striking out seven in a 6-3 victory over the Cardinals. Kris Bryant (.271, 88 Rs, 27 HRs, 102 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong season Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. The Mets were also victorious the last time deGrom pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers. Yoenis Cespedes (.287, 105 Rs, 37 HRs, 110 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one RBI.
Chicago, a +120 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against New York. For updated lines, check out BTB's MLB Baseball Odds.
The Cubs are 25-27 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +1,757. Chicago's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 1.6 during that span, compared to its 3.8 season average. The Cubs lead the league in WHIP at 1.143. An area where the Cubs are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an NL-best 8.8 K's per game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Mets come into this game with a solid win percentage of .679 when playing as the favorite (72-34) and an overall money line of +596. The Mets are the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL when playing on the road, averaging four runs per game so far. The Mets are known for their bats, hitting 506 extra base hits. Switching gears to New York's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.175 on the year, good for second in the league.
The Cubs had the upper hand against the Mets in their previous nine games this season, earning a 7-2 record. This game will feature deGrom (RHP) on the mound against the Cubs, who have a 78-51 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Mets will be the right-hander Hendricks. They sport a 72-56 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
When leading after seven innings, New York is 41-28, while Chicago is 39-27.
The Mets are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cubs have a 5-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Mets are 20-60. The Cubs have an 18-48 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and New York both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at ninth with 184 home runs this season and New York ranks seventh with 187.
Chicago and New York both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Chicago sits at 14th with 8.26 hits per game and New York ranks 12th with 8.35.
Chicago and New York both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 17th with an OPS of .721 and New York ranks 20th with an OPS of .711.
The Mets are 43-54 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 46-45 when they allow at least one homer.