Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets - 9/12/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Mets (63-80) at Chicago Cubs (77-66)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Robert Gsellman (6-6) (5.81) vs. J Quintana (9-11) (4.32)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -255 / New York Mets +235 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, SNY
The New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs face off in game one of a three game set from Wrigley Field on Tuesday.
The New York Mets will look to bounce back after having their four game winning streak snapped thanks to a 10-5 loss to Cincinnati in their series on Sunday, failing to complete the sweep in the process as well. Dominic Smith went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs, while Jose Reyes matched that mark at the plate, going 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs of his own. Nori Aoki added a double while Matt Reynolds went 2 for 4. Brandon Nimmo, Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares and Jacob DeGrom each contributed a base hit in the losing effort for the Mets as well DeGrom was solid, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out ten over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Paul Sewald received his 3rd blown save of the year, while Jeurys Familia took the loss to fall to 1-2 this season. Robert Gsellman will start the opener and is 6-6 with a 5.44 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. This will be Gsellman’s first career start against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound after being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in a crucial three game NL Central division set over the weekend, being outscored by a combined score of 20-3 over the three games, including a 3-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Rene Rivera went 2 for 3 with a double and the lone Cubs’ RBI in the loss. Jon Jay, Tommy La Stella, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ, Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each chipped in a base hit in the losing effort for Chicago. Kyle Hendricks took the loss to fall to 6-5 this season after giving up all three runs on four hits while walking a pair and striking out seven over six innings of work. Jose Quintana will start the opener and is 9-11 with a 4.32 ERA and 177 strikeouts this season. In his career, Quintana is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 7 strikeouts against the Mets.
New York is 1-10 in their last 11 games against a left-handed starter and 1-6 in Gsellman’s last 7 starts while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 road games. Chicago is 4-1 in Quintana’s last 5 starts and 8-3 in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 3-1-1 in Quintana’s last 5 home starts. New York is 3-9 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
Being swept by the Brewers has to instill some sense of urgency in the Cubs as their lead has shriveled down to two games over the Cardinals and Milwaukee at the time of writing this. The Mets have been out of it for a while now and are just playing out the string and I think the Cubs take advantage of that behind a strong outing from Quintana to get a much needed win in game one.