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Mets turn to Harvey against the Cubs

Matt Harvey is the probable pitcher for Friday afternoon for the struggling New York Mets as they open up a three-game road MLB betting series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

Harvey has surrendered just nine earned runs on 27 hits over 56 1-3 innings so far this season, with the Mets managing to win six of his eight trips to the mound. The righthander gave up two runs over seven innings against the Pirates last time out.

The Cubs will counter with Edwin Jackson, who will be looking to improve on his 1-5 mark.

View NY Mets vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Cubs as +128 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 999 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 6 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Mets, who rate a National League No. 13 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Mets rank No. 13 in the National League at 7.8 hits per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 8 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, New York owns the National League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 5.9 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

In their last action, New York was a 5-2 winner on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on New York at +215 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. New York got the job done in their last match in a 5-2 victory over St. Louis on Thursday at Busch Stadium behind starter Jonathon Niese.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-3 winner as they battled the Rockies at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at -138 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cubs grabbed a win last time out, defeating Jon Garland and the Rockies 6-3 on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

New York Mets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing NY Mets are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

A few Mets at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Mets' last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of NY Mets' last 13 games when playing Chi Cubs
NY Mets are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing at home against NY Mets
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games

Next up:
NY Mets at Chi Cubs, Saturday, May 18