New York Mets (20-13) at Chicago Cubs (17-15)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 14, 2015, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -125 / New York Mets +115 --- Over/Under:
The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs end a four-game series Thursday afternoon.
The New York Mets need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Mets have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Mets have split their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Juan Lagares and Lucas Duda have combined for 70 hits and 26 RBI while Daniel Murphy leads New York with 18 RBI. The New York Mets have lost six of their last eight games on the road. Jonathon Niese gets the ball, and he’s 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Niese is 3-4 with a 5.16 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 39 hits and 19 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 39 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last nine games on their home field. Travis Wood takes the hill, and he’s 2-2 with a 4.96 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Wood is 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Mets.
The Mets are 4-9 in their last 13 Thursday games and 4-1 in Nieses last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Cubs are 15-37 in their last 52 during game 4 of a series and 4-0 in Woods last 4 starts as a home favorite. The Mets are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.
The Mets are flat out awful on the road and it's been the complete opposite of the Cubs in Wrigley. I like the home team and the reasonable chalk here.