Chicago Cubs (58-55) vs New York Mets (51-61)
Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets 8/9/2023 — Their eight-game winning run at the end of July stood out as a key event in the Cubs’ strong second half. They won five of their last seven matches, winning 5-2, until they were defeated in the series’ opening round on Monday. The attack was hit-or-miss over their past nine games, reaching double digits twice while also being shut out twice. They had the fifth-highest total after scoring 55 runs in each of their past five victories and 576 runs overall after 113 games. Five players batted at least 53 times, and three had more than 100 hits.
On Monday, the Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with their victory in the series-opening game. They had a record of 5-10 over the past 15 games entering Tuesday, and their offense was shut out three times over the All-Star break. They had a.237 average in 112 games, placing them 24th overall. Additionally, they amassed 491 runs, which ranked them 19th overall. Only two players have more than 50 runs batted in this season: Francisco Lindor (69) and Pete Alonso (83). Alonso smashed two home runs and drove in six on Monday to break a streak of five games without an RBI or home run.
Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets Game Info
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Location: Citi Field in Flashing, NY
TV: MLB Network
Chicago SP Kyle Hendricks (4-6) and New York SP David Peterson (3-7)
Even when the Cubs were winning, their pitching recently seemed a touch suspect. They gave up 19 runs in the next two losses after giving up 28 runs in their last five triumphs. They had a 4.17 ERA across 113 games, which placed them in fifteenth place. Hendricks lost his past two outings despite not receiving any runs of support. He did, however, pitch 11 innings, giving up 16 hits and 9 runs, all of which were earned. This season, the Cubs starting pitcher did better away from home, with a 3-2 record and 2.78 ERA as opposed to a 1-4 record and 5.50 ERA at home. Hendricks faced the Mets six times, going 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA.
In the second half, New York’s pitching sometimes showed signs of improvement, allowing two runs or fewer in seven of their games following the All-Star break. They were swept twice by Kansas City and Baltimore, surrendering 39 runs in six games. With a 4.39 ERA, the group ranks 18th overall. Peterson is starting for a second straight week after making six relief
outings. He threw three innings against Baltimore on Friday, surrendering a single and three walks. Peterson has made four career starts against the Cubs, going 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA.
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago Cubs -107
Total Odds: 9
The totals hung OVER in 3 of the Cubs’ last 5 games. The totals went OVER in 34 of the Chi Cubs’ last 60 home matches. The totals hung OVER in 4 of the Mets’ last 5 matches. The totals went OVER in 16 of the Mets’ 50 last matches at home.
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chi Cubs are 3-2 in their last 5 games.
The Chicago Cubs are 3-2 in their last 5 matches against the spread.
The Cubs are 27-26 in their road matches against the spread.
New York Mets Betting Trends
The New York Mets are 1-4 in their last 5 matches.
The Mets are 1-4 in their last 5 matches against the spread.
The NY Mets are 21-40 in their road matches against the spread.
Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets: Although these two teams split their first four meetings, New York thoroughly demolished the Cubs in its prior two games against them. They got 12 hits and three home runs in the series opener on Monday, defeating Chicago 21-3. However, New York does not have an advantage when it comes to starting pitching in this game. Against this club, Hendricks has a large number of victories. Alonso is hitless in nine plate appearances against him in his career, while Lindor is hitless in nine at-bats. On the other hand, Peterson consistently struggled while facing the Cubs throughout his career. That is still the case as Chicago keeps up its momentum following Monday’s loss to New York.
Free Pick and Prediction: Chicago Cubs will win 6-4.