New York Mets (58-73) at Chicago Cubs (77-53)
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 29, 2018, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -180 / New York Mets +170 --- Over/Under:
The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The New York Mets look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Mets have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The New York Mets have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than one run. Amed Rosario leads the Mets with 105 hits and 42 RBI while Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores have combined for 194 hits and 101 RBI. Jason Vargas gets the ball, and he is 4-8 with a 6.96 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. Vargas is 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 26 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in six straight games. The Chicago Cubs have won eight straight games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 144 hits and 97 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward have combined for 236 hits and 138 RBI. Alec Mills gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 1.17 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Mills’ first career game against the Mets.
The Mets are 6-1 in their last 7 Wednesday games, 2-5 in Vargas' last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 2-7 in Vargas' last 9 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 7-2 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series and 41-19 in their last 60 home games. The Mets are 9-24 in the last 33 meetings in Chicago, 0-8 in the last 8 meetings and the over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
Vargas has allowed just four runs in his last 17.1 innings, but he's still giving up a .310 batting average on the season and has been flat out garbage on the road where he has an ERA of 8.15 and an allowed batting average of .325. Mills has pitched just 7.2 innings this season, but he's been solid in those reps and has a hot offense backing him up. I just can't bring myself to back the Mets here with Vargas on the mound.