MLB Baseball Betting: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

MLB Baseball Betting:  Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

The Chicago Cubs are not in good form at the moment and particularly given how good they were at the first part of the season. They’ve lost 6 of 10 and two straight and have seen their lead over the second place St. Louis Cardinals drop to 9.5 games. Not that the Cards are dominating–they have won two straight but are just 5-5 in their last ten games. The Cubs will get another shot against the New York Mets on Sunday as the two teams play the final game of their four game series. The Mets won the first two games of the series (Saturday’s game still pending) and nothing appears to be going the Cubs’ way. They’re not pitching well, they’re not hitting and they’re definitely not winning.

The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games but they’re having trouble running down the Washington Nationals who are in excellent form after their 7 game losing streak of a week or so ago. The Mets need the wins–in addition to the Washington Nationals ahead of them they’ve got to worry about the Miami Marlins just one game back in third place. Even the Phillies are in range having won four straight games and are now just 7 games back of the Mets. The Mets haven’t been hitting the ball and on paper this shouldn’t have been an easy series for them–but it has so far.

Mets’ phenom Noah Syndergaard will get the start on Sunday and although New York has won two of his last three starts he hasn’t been in great form. He’s allowed 8 earned runs total in his last two starts and there have been rumors that he’s got elbow problems. Overall, the Mets have done very well in his starts winning 10 of 15 and 5 of 8 at home. His opponent is no slouch either–left hander Jon Lester has a 2.03 ERA overall and the Cubs have won 12 of his 16 starts overall. They’ve won 6 of 8 on the road where he’s put up a 1.73 ERA.

The Mets could be going for a sweep here pending the outcome of Saturday’s game but we’ll gladly take Lester as a short priced favorite. Syndergaard has been epic this year but if he’s got arm problems–or even the potential of arm problems–we want to steer clear.