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New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 1 - 10/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (100-66) at New York Mets (93-74)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:07 pm (Citi Field)

J Lester (11-13) (3.35) vs. M Harvey (14-8) (2.87)

The Line: New York Mets -116 / Chicago Cubs +106 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TBS

The Chicago Cubs open the NLCS at Citi Field with the New York Mets on Saturday.

The Chicago Cubs clinched their NLDS with a 6-4 victory against the NL Central champion St Louis Cardinals in a four game series. The win had everything the fans could have dreamed of with clutch pitching and hitting versus one of their biggest rivals. The clincher was a pitcher by committee strategy that worked well with starter Jason Hammel allowing a two run bomb over three frames with eight hurlers used. Hammel even smacked a two out RBI single while the Cubbies used a power surge to win it with Javier Baez clubbing a three run homer while Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber went solo. Veteran left hander Jon Lester draws the series opening start against the Mets on the road. Lester lost his only start in the NLDS by a 4-0 count at St Louis where he allowed three runs on five hits and struck out nine in 7.1 frames.

New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs NLCS Game 1 - 10/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Mets overcame the tough Los Angeles Dodgers pitching to win their NLDS 3-2 with a 3-2 victory versus Zack Greinke in game five. Greinke was tough but Mets starter Jacob deGrom was even better with both runs given up on six hits and three bases on balls while whiffing seven through six innings to  win for the second time in the series after defeating Clayton Kershaw in the series opener. New York managed seven hits and walked twice with Daniel  Murphy going 3-4 with a solo jack and RBI double while scoring twice with Travis d’Arnaud also knocking in a run. Matt Harvey toes the rubber in game one of the NLDS at Citi Field against the visiting Cubs Saturday. Harvey defeated the Dodgers in the NLDS 13-7 with three runs plated on seven hits and a pair of BB in five innings.

Chicago are 16-5 in their last 21 road games and are are 8-3 in their last 11 Saturday game while going 49-19 in their last 68 overall. The under is 7-2 in New York’s last 9 overall and the under is 7-2 in their last 9 on grass while going  is 15-5 in their last 20 playoff home games. The Cubs are 21-7 in the last 28 meetings and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings. I’ll be looking deeper in to this but for now I will back the Mets…

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NY Mets -116

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