Francisco Lindor
New York Mets' Francisco Lindor hits an RBI double off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Keegan Thompson during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 14, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

METS VS CUBS JULY 16

Kyle Barrette

A nice, smooth, easy winner yesterday as the Dodgers took care of business basically exactly how we drew it up. Let’s finish the week strong with another matchup that has an interesting price attached to it. The Mets and Cubs play game two of their series. Will the Mets continue their hot start or will the Cubs play spoiler? Let’s break down this game and find out.

Cubs:
Coming into the season, not much was expected of the Cubs and they actually started off better than a lot of people expected, but as we’ve seen, especially lately, things have come crashing back down to earth. Yesterday’s loss put them over 20 games under 500 and it also marked their seventh straight loss. The Cubs’ offense has been non-existent. In their last 10 games, they have scored over three runs twice. Stroman takes the mound for the Cubs today, and he has been off and on. He had a nine-run outing sandwiched in between two shutouts. Overall, he has pitched well; it’s just been the offense that cannot get anything done as the Cubs have fallen to 2-8 in games started by Stroman.

Mets:
High goals were set for this Mets team, who has thus far achieved them without their two starting aces for the most part. They have been a little up and down lately, as they are 5-4 in their last 10 and the bats have been hot and cold. Walker takes the hill for the Mets today, and he has been impressive, to say the least. Walker has only allowed more than three runs in two starts this season and often doesn’t even allow a lot of hits. The strikes out numbers are high, the walks are low, and the long ball is almost nonexistent. Walker is also used to going deep into games, as he has reached the sixth inning or beyond in his last seven straight starts.

Cubs vs Mets Pick: Mets ML
The price seems like one of those “trap games” you always hear about, but just like the Dodgers game yesterday, it won’t be the case. Take the Mets to win this one.

Same Game Parlay:
Mets ML, Pete Alonso to hit a HR, Taijuan Walker Over 5.5 K’s, Jeff McNeil to record 2+ hits and Francisco Lindor to record an RBI. 

SGP Odds +5734

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