Mets vs. Cubs, 9-13-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Brian Spaen
New York Mets (63-80 SU, 80-51 O-U, 4th NL East)
vs Chicago Cubs (77-66 SU, 67-69 O-U, 1st NL Central)
When: Wednesday, Sep 13th, 8:05 PM ET
Line: NYM +258 /CHC -285
TV/Live Stream: MLB.tv, WGN, SNY
The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs will be continuing their series on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. The Cubs sit just two games ahead of St. Louis, but are now 2.5 games ahead of Milwaukee as the Pirates took them down 7-0 on Monday night. The Mets MASH unit continues to roll toward the end of the regular season.
Lagares hopes to get more action on the field
New York has been dealing with a lot of issues, but their starters have actually posted just a 2.25 ERA over their last five games. Outfielder Juan Lagares hopes he has a chance to show the team that he belongs on the field as a regular. “I still feel like I can play every day,” Lagares told the New York Daily News. “This is the time for me to show that.” Lagares has been dealing with a thumb injury but could return as early as Tuesday.
Starting pitcher: Right-hander Matt Harvey (5-4, 5.82 ERA)
Harvey had a victory in his last start against Cincinnati on Thursday. He gave up just two earned runs on five hits through five innings of work. His pitching ratio was a dismal one strikeout to one base on balls, but he didn’t give up a homer. It was a better stretch than his prior two games where he gave up four long shots. He also gave up 11 total runs in those games over six innings. Harvey helped the Mets get a 7-2 win, and it was the first win he received since May 28th against Pittsburgh.
Contreras strikes out swinging in first action back
Catcher Willson Contreras saw some action Sunday after being activated from the disabled list. He struck out as a pinch hitter as Chicago ended up getting swept by Milwaukee. Joe Maddon says he’ll be easing the catcher back into the lineup. We’ll see if the manager makes any other changes to boost his lineup that only scored three runs in the weekend series.
Starting pitcher: Left-hander Jon Lester (10-7, 4.35 ERA)
Lester had a great victory against Pittsburgh on Thursday. He gave up one earned run on five hits through six innings of work. His pitching ratio was a mediocre five strikeouts to four walks and didn’t give up a homer through 111 total pitches. The Cubs’ offense helped him out with a dominant 8-2 victory. They’ve now scored 32 runs in just his last three starts, and surprisingly he was only to win two of those contests — that’s because he gave up nine runs in the start against Cincinnati on August 17th. He went on the 10-day DL with a shoulder injury after that tough outing.
- 10-1-2 on the Over in their last 13 road games against teams with a winning record
- 9-3 on the Over in their last 12 games on Wednesday
- 8-3 on the Over in their last 11 games on Wednesday
Both starters have an ERA of nearly 20 combined in their last three starts. Both of them are coming off solid outings, but that could easily change in this matchup, especially when both bullpens have been very suspect over the past week.
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