New York Mets at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Sunday June 23, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs +105 / New York Mets -115
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The New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs meet in the finale of their four game set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Sunday.
The New York Mets will look to win the series after taking game three on Saturday in a 10-2 romp. Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier each had three RBIs with McNeil going 2 for 5 with a double. Wilson Ramos had a home run and two RBIs while Pete Alonso had a solo home run and a double. Michael Conforto chipped in an RBI to finish off the Mets’ scoring as a team in the win while Amed Rosario went 3 for 4 with a double and J.D. Davis added a base hit as well in the victory. Zack Wheeler gave up one run on five hits while striking out five over seven innings of work to get the win and improve to 6-5 on the year. Jacob DeGrom will start the finale and is 4-6 with a 3.26 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. In his career, DeGrom is 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA and 46 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to earn a series split after dropping game three on Saturday. Jason Heyward went 3 for 4 with a double while Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each had base hits to cap off Chicago’s offense in the loss as the Cubbies cranked out just six hits as a team in the loss. Jose Quintana took the loss, falling to 4-7 on the year after allowing nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits over 4.1 innings of work. Cole Hamels will start the finale and is 6-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hamels is 9-14 with a 3.89 ERA and 213 strikeouts against the Mets.
New York is 1-5 in DeGrom’s last 6 road starts and 2-7 in their last 9 games against the NL Central while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games. Chicago is 5-2 in Hamels’ last 7 home starts and 31-15 in their last 46 game four matchups while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against the NL East. New York is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
Okay, I know DeGrom is still the Mets’ ace, and the Mets have been the better team in the last two games of the series, but other than that, I’m not sure why New York is favored here. Hamels has given up just one earned run in his last four starts, two runs total, going at least seven innings in each for a total of two runs, one earned over 29 innings of work. That’s a 0.31 ERA in his last four starts. The Cubs are too talented of a team to let another one slip away, so I’ll back the Cubs to earn a series split behind another strong start from Hamels.