New York Mets at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Saturday June 22, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Mets +120 / Chicago Cubs -141 -- Over/Under:
The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs meet Saturday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The New York Mets could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Mets have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The New York Mets have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Jeff McNeil leads the Mets with 79 hits and 24 RBI while Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario have combined for 144 hits and 97 RBI. Zack Wheeler gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. Wheeler is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 84 hits and 48 RBI while Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 148 hits and 92 RBI. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he is 4-6 with a 3.87 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Quintana is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
The Mets are 6-13 in their last 19 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in Wheelers last 5 Saturday starts and 1-5 in Wheelers last 6 road starts. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games, 13-5 in their last 18 during game 3 of a series and 0-5 in Quintanas last 5 starts. The Mets are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Chicago and 1-10 in the last 11 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Cubs last 6 vs. National League East. The over is 3-0-1 in Wheelers last 4 starts overall.
Wheeler has been getting rocked for much of the season, especially in the month of June where he's allowed 23 hits and 12 earned runs in 17.2 innings. On the road this season, Wheeler has a 5.55 ERA and a .296 allowed batting average. The Cubs have lost seven of Quintana's last eight games, but a lot of that has to do with a lack of run support. Quintana has allowed three or less earned runs in nine of his last 10 games and has a 2.98 ERA in 45.1 innings at home. With the Cubs offense picking up lately and Wheeler getting tagged let and right, this is a game the home team should be able to win.