The Cubs will try to keep their winning streak alive when they open a four-game set with the Mets in New York on Monday night. Let’s analyze this clash between these National League division leaders and keep on cashing our MLB picks!
Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets
Monday, June 14, 2021 – 07:10 PM EDT at Citi Field
The Cubs have reeled off five straight wins and are locked in a heated battle with the Brewers for first place in the NL Central. After taking two of three from San Diego, the Cubs welcomed the Cardinals to Wrigley Field and proceeded to sweep them right out of the Windy City.
In the series finale, the Cubs completed the sweep on Sunday as the final MLB scores read a 2-0 decision courtesy of Zach Davies’ two-hit shutout ball over seven innings. The Cubs have now won 15 of their last 20 games and are white hot at home, having won six straight and nine of their last 10 at Wrigley.
"These guys are playing at a high level," manager David Ross said. "They're playing with a ton of confidence. I think the talent is showing up on a nightly basis. I think we find a way to win every single night. It's a good feeling to have a nice homestand and sweep a division opponent."
Chicago shortstop, Javier Báez, missed three games last week against the Padres and was slated to start in the Sunday finale but was a late scratch after reinjuring it in the Cubs’ 7-2 victory on Saturday. Twenty-four-year-old Sergio Alcantara filled the void and went hitless with a walk.
Mets Taxed Pen Withers in Sunday Loss
Heading into Sunday’s series finale with the Padres, the Mets had won three straight and allowed a paltry 1.3 runs per game in those victories. But the New York bullpen had been called upon one time too many when manager, Luis Rojas, summoned reliever Jeurys Familia to start the sixth inning and who worked into the seventh before being charged with four earned runs.
"He's gotten a lot of big outs in his career. We felt like he could come out of there," said Mets manager Luis Rojas, who was operating short-handed down several relievers in a taxed bullpen, plus two players on the bench who were unavailable. "It was a tough one."
Jacob Barnes came on to rescue a fading Familia but was also tagged by the Padres for the baserunners he inherited plus two more of his own.
When the dust settled, the Mets dropped a 7-3 decision but took two of three from San Diego as they enter this pivotal four-game series with the Cubs. These clubs met earlier this season in Chicago and the Cubs swept the Mets, outscoring them by a combined 23-8.
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The Cubs will send for NL Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta (5-6, 4.97 ERA, 1.45 WHIP) to the bump on Monday night after tossing five solid innings last Wednesday in which he allowed only one run on four hits in a 3-1 victory over the Padres.
New York will counter with 25-year-old southpaw, David Peterson (1-5, 6.32 ERA, 1.51 WHIP), who has struggled in his sophomore campaign after a rookie season in which he went 6-2 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in nine starts. In his last outing, he was throttled by the Orioles to the tune of four runs on eight hits in just two-plus innings of work.
After perusing the MLB odds at all of the best online sportsbooks on this matchup, I was surprised to see the Mets as slight favorites. Some may recall that Arrieta pitched a solid game against the Mets back in April when he tossed five innings of one-run, three-hit ball in the Cubs 3-1 win at Wrigley.
The same people may also remember seeing Mets’ starter, David Peterson, getting hammered the following day by the Cubs when he lasted only three-plus innings and surrendered four runs on six hits in what resulted in a 16-4 Chicago win.
The Mets are reeling with injuries, have played short-handed lately, and are using a starter who has been getting trounced with regularity this season. I understand Chicago’s Jake Arrieta is no longer the stud he once was but if the books want to pay me the juice to back the better team with the better pitcher then who am I to complain?
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