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Cubs at Mets - 10/18/15 NLCS Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm (Citi Field)

J Arrieta (24-6) (1.81) vs. Noah Syndergaard

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

TV: TBS

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets play game two of the NLCS early Sunday night.

The Chicago Cubs need a big win here in order to send the series back to the Windy City tied up. The Cubs lost game one due to an offense that produced just two runs and five hits. The Chicago Cubs have lost six of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Overall, Kyle Schwarber leads Chicago with eight hits and six RBI while Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler have combined for four home runs. The Cubs pitching staff has allowed four or less runs in five of their six postseason games and struck out six batters in their game one loss. Jake Arrieta gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts this postseason.

Cubs at Mets - 10/18/15 NLCS Game Two Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Mets look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a victory here. The Mets pitching staff has allowed just four runs in their last two games and three or less runs in four of their six playoff games overall. The Mets struck out 10 Cubs in their game one victory and have won 14 of their last 19 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson have combined for 16 hits and 13 RBI while Yoenis Cespedes has homered twice. Noah Syndergaard takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 11 strikeouts this postseason.

The Cubs are 14-5 in their last 19 Sunday games and 21-7 in Arrietas last 28 road starts. The Mets are 23-9 in their last 32 Sunday games and 2-5 in their last 7 home games. The Cubs are 21-7 in the last 28 meetings.

This is pretty much a must-win game for the Cubs who are down 1-0 in the series and are now throwing their ace out there. A loss here could end things. Either way, this is Arrieta we're talking about, a guy who hasn't allowed much in his last five starts or so..

I expect the Cubs and Mets to be tied up 1-1 when going back to the CHI.

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