MLB Picks of the Day: Look for Cubs & Mets to Clinch NLCS Spots

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:28 PM GMT

The New York Mets haven't won a World Series in 29 years. From the look of yesterday's game they could be the favorites right now. See who we like as our MLB Picks today.

Los Angeles Dodges vs. New York Mets: Can Kershaw Take It Back to Los Angeles?
After last night's game, I'm starting to think that not only do the Mets have the better depth in their pitching staff, their offense has what's gotten them to this point and nobody would've thought that in the first half of the season when they couldn't score a run.  Now, Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a good game one, but came up short to Jacob deGrom, must be nearly perfect as there's no margain for error. If the Dodgers lose, they're out. 

 

13-7?
I thought that we were going to see a lot of pitcher's duels, but the Mets set a postseason record in runs scored yesterday as they defeated the Dodgers 13-7. Los Angeles scored 3 early runs and took the lead off of Matt Harvey, but the Mets came back with 10 consecutive runs scored and there was no looking back from there despite the high score.

Although Harvey can't give up 3 runs in an inning so early and expect to win, the Mets can worry about that later as a Kershaw vs. Steven Matz matchup is a tough one as Matz has the talent, but is inexperienced. Expect manager, Terry Collins, to give Matz the quick hook if he gets into trouble. On the other hand, if Kershaw gets into trouble, I expect Don Mattingly to stretch him out.

There's plenty of praise to go around yesterday. Curtis Granderson, who is hitting .545 in this NLDS had 5 RBI and has had a great regular season. Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes were each 3 for 5 with a home run and 3 RBI's. How does that R.A. Dickey trade for d'Arnaud look now? Pretty good and the Mets would love to keep Cespedes for next season.

This game comes down to Clayton Kershaw being able to pull off some of that Kershaw magic. Even if he were to win today, the Dodgers wouldn't be out of the woods. I liked the Dodgers at the beginning of the playoffs, but my mind has changed. This is New York's season. 

MLB Pick: New York Mets +147 at 5Dimes

 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs: Cards Facing Elimination
I've have been correct with just about every MLB pick that I have made in the past few days. You had a feeling that Jake Arrieta couldn't keep up that pace against the team with the best record in the majors in the regular season and the Cubs still won.

The Cubs have that curse, but they can taste a trip to the next round if they can get past John Lackey, who has pitched brilliantly. Although Lackey is no Kershaw, he's been very reliable in a Cardinals uniform. The problem that I see here is that Lackey has to be tired and is facing a Cubs team that is tearing the cover off of the baseball.

In yesterday's game, the Cubs banged out 13 hits on 8 runs in an 8-6 victory.6 of those runs were home runs, led by Jorge Soler, who hit his 2nd home run of the series.

When everyone on the team is on fire offensively, this might be too tall an order for John Lackey to overcome. Look at some of these averages. Kyle Schwaber is hitting .429, Soler is hitting 1.000 (yes folks, not typo), Starlin Castro is hitting .364 and Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo finally had big games yesterday. There's too much momentum going on for the Cubs for the Cards to deal with. The Cubs need to pounce now and I believe that they will. "Game, set, match, Chicago."

MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs -123 at 5Dimes