New York Mets at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Friday June 21, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -150 / New York Mets +130
The New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their four game set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Friday.
The New York Mets will look to rebound after dropping game one on Thursday by a final score of 7-4. Pete Alonso went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Todd Frazier added an RBI of his own. Jeff McNeil went 2 for 4 at the dish while Amed Rosario and Carlos Gomez each had base hits to cap off the Mets’ offense as a team in the loss. Walker Lockett took the loss in his debut, allowing six runs on five hits over just 2.1 innings of work to drop to 0-1. Jason Vargas will start game two and is 3-3 with a 3.74 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Vargas is 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA and 24 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to keep the ball rolling after their series opening victory on Thursday. Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez each had two RBIs with Baez going 2 for 4 with a home run and a triple while Rizzo had a double. Kris Bryant and Daniel Descalso each had an RBI while Willson Contreras had a double and Carlos Gonzalez added a base knock of his own to finish off Chicago’s offense as a team in the win. Tyler Chatwood gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Adbert Alzolay got the win to improve to 1-0 this season and Steve Cishek picked up his 7th save of the season. Yu Darvish will start game two and is 2-3 with a 4.65 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. In his career, Darvish is 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA and 25 strikeouts against the Mets.
New York is 1-4 in Vargas’ last 5 starts against a team with a winning record and 6-21 in their last 27 road games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Chicago is 4-1 in Darvish’s last 5 home starts and 5-1 in their last 6 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL East. New York is 1-10 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
Both starting pitchers have been a mixed bag of results, and you could argue that Vargas has had the better string of results this season. However, the Mets continue to have major issues on the road and have had a ton of trouble when taking on the Mets recently. Darvish has had issues at home this season, going winless with an ERA just under six, but the Cubs seem to find ways to win with Yu on the mound at Wrigley, so given Chicago’s dominance in this matchup, I’ll lay the juice with the Cubs in this spot.