Mets vs Cubs Prediction MLB Experts Picks 8/9

Mets vs Cubs Prediction MLB Experts Picks 8/9

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MLB Game Preview: Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets

The tension builds at Citi Field as the Chicago Cubs prepare to take on the New York Mets with the series poised evenly at 1-1. Both teams, with their unique strengths and recent performances, will look to claim this crucial tie.

The Matchup

Standing second in the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs, with a 59-55 record, seem confident and poised. On the other side, the New York Mets, though fourth in the NL East with a 51-62 record, have shown their home ground prowess with a 27-24 record.

 

Chicago Cubs: The Central Stalwarts

Leading Batters

Patrick Wisdom and Nico Hoerner have been the linchpins of the Cubs' batting lineup. With 19 homers from Wisdom and an average of .274 from Hoerner, they'll be the ones to watch.

On the Mound

Kyle Hendricks, despite a 4-6 record, has maintained a decent 3.98 ERA across 81.1 innings, showcasing his ability to lead the Cubs' defense against the Mets' offense.

Team Overview

Recent injuries to Marcus Stroman and Brad Boxberger might pose challenges, but the Cubs have always been known to rally in the face of adversity.

 

New York Mets: The Eastern Contenders

Batting Focus

Pete Alonso, with a staggering 34 homers, and Brandon Nimmo, boasting a .254 average, will be the crucial batsmen for the Mets. Their performance could dictate the game's pace.

Pitching Details

David Peterson will need to step up, having a concerning 5.65 ERA over 65.1 innings. He's crucial for the Mets' chances of containing the strong Cubs' lineup.

Team News

The Mets are grappling with injuries as well, with the recent inclusion of Starling Marte in the 10-Day IL. They would need a collective effort to surmount these challenges.

 

Prediction

Here's why the game is likely to witness a flurry of runs:

  • Pitching Matchup: Peterson's high ERA and Hendricks' capability to be challenged by an in-form Mets offense suggest a high-scoring game.
  • Injury Updates: Both teams have key injuries, especially in their pitching arsenal. This could lead to more runs.
  • Recent Performances: The Mets' 11-2 victory and other high-scoring encounters in their recent games suggest the possibility of a run-fest.
  • Weather Factor: The warm 85-degree temperature at Citi Field can assist batters, possibly leading to more home runs.

Given the above reasons and the combined offensive capabilities of both teams, expect a game that surpasses the 9 run mark. However, it's crucial to remember that while statistics and predictions offer insights, the real beauty of baseball lies in its unpredictable nature, ensuring fans are always on the edge of their seats.

Pick: Over 9 runs 

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