New York Mets at Chicago Cubs - 7/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

New York Mets at Chicago Cubs - 7/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs (34-55) vs New York Mets (56-34)

Game Info: Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Marcus Stroman/Drew Smyly vs Taijuan Walker/Max Scherzer

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs +120 / New York Mets -140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Mets will play the Chicago Cubs in a double header on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

The New York Mets are 56-34 this season and have won three of their last four games. New York won Game 1 of this series by a score of 8-0 on Thursday night. The New York pitching staff has a 3.69 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a .233 opponent batting average this season. The Mets offense has scored 429 runs with a .254 batting average and a .326 on base percentage. Pete Alonso is batting .268 with 24 home runs and 74 RBI’s for the Mets this season. The projected starter in Game 1 for New York is Taijuan Walker, who is 7-2 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 85.2 innings pitched. The projected starter for New York in Game 2 is Max Scherzer, who is 6-1 with a 2.15 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP over 62.2 innings pitched this season.

The Chicago Cubs are 34-55 this season and have lost seven games in a row. Prior to losing Game 1 of this series, Chicago lost both games played against Baltimore. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.70 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, and a .254 opponent batting average. The Cubs offense has scored 379 runs with a .245 batting average and a .320 on base percentage this year. Patrick Wisdom is batting .224 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI’s for the Cubs this season. The projected starter in Game 1 for Chicago is Marcus Stroman, who is 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 51.1 innings pitched this season. The projected starter in Game 2 of Chicago is Drew Smyly, who is 2-5 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 44.2 innings pitched this season.

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New York is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games. The over is 6-1-1 in New York’s last 8 Saturday games. Chicago is 8-18 in their last 26 game two’s of a series and 4-10 in their last 14 games against the NL East. The under is 3-1-1 in Chicago’s last 5 home games. New York is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

New York absolutely dominated Game 1 of this series before Game 2 was postponed due to weather on Friday night. The Mets have two very good pitchers going in this double header with Walker and Scherzer. The Cubs are answering with Stroman and Smyly, who have ERA’s in the mid to high 4’s. I like the Mets in both of these games and think they pull away in each one.

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David’s Pick Game 1: Mets -1.5 Game 2: Mets -1.5

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