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MLB Betting Prediction: New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs 6/22/2024

New York Mets (35-37) vs. Chicago Cubs (35-39)

As MLB season advances, two closely matched teams – New York Mets and Chicago Cubs – prepare to face-off this Saturday afternoon at historic Wrigley Field. Both clubs currently lie below .500 with Mets currently holding an edge due to live betting odds; fans and bettors alike should find this matchup exciting as both seek to return their win/loss balance closer to equilibrium. Tune into FS1 from 2:20 PM ET as both aim for positive wins-losses balance in this exciting match-up!

The Mets have recently found their stride, winning five games consecutively to begin. Their success can be credited to an effective batting lineup and reliable bullpen. Their average is currently at .247 with an SLG percentage of .400 which has helped produce impressive statistics such as 82 homers and 334 runs scored overall. Combined ERA 4.11/WHIP 1.33 has kept most games competitive enough.

Conversely, the Cubs have struggled to stay consistent as evidenced by their 3-3 record in their last five games. Their batting average sits at just .228, and their slugging percentage sits at .367 – not helping their offense much either. Their pitching however has proven more efficient with an ERA of 3.84 and WHIP of 1.27 that could prove pivotal in keeping games close.


New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs Game Info

When: Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 2:20 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field
Stream: MLB.TV


Tylor Megill (2-3, 3.52 ERA) vs. Jameson Taillon (3-3, 3.08 ERA)

Tylor Megill‘s season, though marked by only three wins and losses (3-5), shows potential for breakout performances against the Chicago Cubs. With an outstanding 3.52 ERA over 30.2 innings pitched this year, his ability to manage games and minimize damage has become evident despite permitting more walks (13) and hits than his peers have seen (27). Furthermore, his strikeout rate stands out: 37 Ks demonstrate his capability of retiring batters under his control. Megill may struggle with control issues against an inconsistent Cubs lineup that capitalizes on any mistakes; therefore, maintaining his composure and control to utilize strikeout ability as effectively as possible to navigate their lineup will be key for Megill.

Jameson Taillon boasts an enviable resume, boasting three wins at three tries with an excellent 3.08 ERA that keeps them competitive even during their lowest scoring games. Taillon has struck out 43 batters over 61.1 innings pitched while simultaneously maintaining an excellent WHIP of 1.32, showing his ability to limit baserunners despite surrendering 65 hits. His susceptibility to home runs, having allowed seven this season, could pose an issue against an offensive Mets lineup that has shown power and productivity recently. Taillon excels at maintaining consistent performances and pitching deep into games, which will be key in relieving pressure off of the Cubs bullpen. Taillon must execute pitches precisely while managing Mets key hitters thereby decreasing their impact.


MLB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD

Bettors need to closely follow betting lines as the game approaches; currently, the Mets may come out slightly ahead due to their recent win streak and higher overall offensive stats.


New York Mets Betting Trends

The Mets have shown they’re in great form this year, going 4-1 against the spread in their past five games and 17-14 in road contests against the spread this season. Three out of their previous five totals went OVER; suggesting an inclined towards betting the over in this upcoming matchup.


Chicago Cubs Betting Trends

The Cubs have managed a respectable 3-2 mark against the spread in their last five outings; however, given their even 19-19 record against the spread in road games versus totals going OVER for only once out of every five total games they played against, betting trends suggest more caution should be exercised when making predictions of high scoring matches.


New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs 6/22/24 Betting Picks

At present and historically this season, it appears the Mets may hold the edge due to their superior bat and recent momentum; however, with Taillon as pitcher at their home stadium they should not be underestimated.

For those searching for winning MLB picks, focusing on close games where the Mets may edge it out is probably wisest. Individual performances like strikeouts or homers could provide great value given pitching matchups and recent hitting trends.


Free Pick and Prediction: New York Mets 5, Chicago Cubs 4

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