Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets
Dates: Monday, June 12 – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Location: Citi Field
Joe Maddon’s squad looked like it was on the brink of going on a major run after taking five of six from the Cardinals and Marlins, but it then went out and dropped three straight to the Rockies before salvaging Sunday’s series finale. The Cubs will invade Queens 11-16 as a visitor ( -$1054 ) looking to snap an eight game losing streak away from Wrigley.
Even though the Mets have cost baseball bettors, there’s still plenty of time remaining in the season to reverse course. While the NL East pennant likely isn’t happening, NY still has more than a puncher’s chance of qualifying for a wild card slot sitting nine games back. Winners in four of their last five, they’ll be out to improve upon a poor 14-19 home record ( -$1296 ).
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Monday, June 12, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
John Lackey vs. Jacob deGrom
Only 33.3 percent of the righty’s starts have been of quality, and he’ll take the bump in the series opener looking to put an end to a personal three game losing streak. Chicago stands 3-2 in his five road starts where he’s pitched to a bloated 5.10 ERA and .254 BAA. His lone appearance against the Mets last season saw him toss 6.1 innings of 2 ER ball in a game the Cubs lost 4-3.
The regression fairies have pointed their wands at deGrom in his last two starts. Prior to throwing at the Brewers and Rangers, the righty had conceded just eight ER in his previous four turns. In his last two, he’s been rocked for 18 hits ( 4 HR ) and 15 ER while only racking up an 8:6 K/BB ratio. While he’s pitched better at home ( 4.08 ERA ) than on the road ( 5.19 ERA ), deGrom is no doubt in a funk right now.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Jon Lester vs. Zack Wheeler
Lester has been the bulldog of an otherwise disappointing Cubs starting rotation this season. His 4.13 ERA and 1.35 WHIP are tops on the staff, but that isn’t saying much. Goes to show just how much this unit has struggled. Only one of his last three starts have been of quality, but he should excel tonight against a Mets team batting .234 against lefties ( No. 21 ). None of Lester’s five road starts have been of quality.
With Noah Syndergaard succumbing to injury early, Wheeler has stepped up to become the staff ace of the Mets’ rotation. He’s 3-3 with a 3.45 ERA and has been going deeper into games over his last three in amassing 19.1 total innings. He’s had issues pitching in New York ( 4.05 ERA ), but has been his best in night games evidenced by his 3.66 ERA and .229 BAA. He’s had issues with Jason Heyward in the past, but that was years ago.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 7:10 p.m. ET ( MLB Network )
Mike Montgomery vs. Matt Harvey
With Kyle Hendricks recently being put on the DL, Montgomery will fill in as his replacement out of the pen. The righty has been one of the most important arms to come out of Chicago’s pen all season, so that unit becomes all the more weaker in this series as well as this game particularly. He’s allowed just 29 hits and 11 ER through his 40.2 innings of work, and owns the advantage of the Mets’ offense never seeing his stuff live before.
Harvey looks to be taking baby steps in the right direction. Two of his last three starts have been of quality. Last time out, he tossed five innings of shutout ball at the Braves but ended up taking the no decision due to a lack of offense. New York has only won four of his 12 overall starts, and he’s been at his worst at home where his 6.11 ERA and 1.25 WHIP are the worst of his career. He’s yet to throw at Chicago since going under the knife, but before it went 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA and .167 BAA over two career starts.