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New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/18/14

Chicago Cubs (53-70) at New York Mets (59-66)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm (Citi Field)

Kyle Hendricks (R) (4-1) (1.728) vs. Bartolo Colon (R) (11-10) (3.849)

The Line: New York Mets -134 / Chicago Cubs +124 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CHI, SNY

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets finish up their four-game series on Monday afternoon.

The Chicago Cubs have split their last eight games and are 17 games below .500. The Cubs lack of offense has really hurt them lately, as they’ve produced three or less runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Cubs have lost seven of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Starlin Castro has four hits in this series and Welington Castillo has homered twice in his last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have an ERA of 3.81, which is 18th in the majors. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he’s 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA and has 26 strikeouts in 41.2 innings. This is Hendricks’ first career game against the Mets.

New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/18/14

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The New York Mets have lost five of their last eight games and are seven games below .500. The Mets have also had issues putting runs on the board, producing three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Mets have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. David Wright has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and Curtis Granderson has eight hits in his last 10 games. The New York Mets have an ERA of 3.55, which is 10th in the majors. Starting is Bartolo Colon, who is 11-10 with a 3.85 ERA and has 125 strikeouts in 161.1 innings. Colon is 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA in five career starts against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 4-1 in Hendricks' last 5 starts as an underdog and 5-1 in Hendricks' last 6 starts overall. The Mets are 1-4 in Colons last 5 home starts and 6-1 in Colons last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record. 

Neither team has been great this season but Hendricks has been solid in terrific for the Cubs when on the mound. Give me Chicago to get the win. 

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