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It is early in the season still, but the Cubs vs. Mets series this week is an important one, as each team in struggling and wants to win to get back in their division races.

Chicago Cubs (5-7) at New York Mets (4-8)

Bovada has a moneyline for tonight’s game with the Mets as the home underdogs posted at +105 with the visiting Cubs at -125 with a total of 8.5 runs.

This season has not started well for either team, to say the least, and each is under. 500 and each team’s offense is sputtering.

The Cubs have lost two games in a row, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and are in third place in the NL Central three games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets are coming off a loss, are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and are in the basement of the NL East four games back of the Philadelphia Phillies.

This season the Mets are 2-4 at home and the Cubs are 2-4 on the road.

Both teams played yesterday and lost, as the Cubs were beat by the Houston Astros 3-2 and the Mets were beat by the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3.

Taking the mound for Chicago tonight will be Randy Wells (1-0 2.92 ERA), who went 6 innings giving up 4 earned runs in a no decision in his last start. On the hill for the Mets is Jonathon Niese (0-1 6.55 ERA), who struggled in his last start giving up 5 earned runs in 5 innings, but at least he got a no decision.

Wells is a RHP and New York is 0-4 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter.

Dating back to last season the Cubs are 5-0 in Wells' last five starts in the first game of a series.

To say the Mets are off to a poor start is an understatement, as they have lost four straight series’ to begin the season for the first time in 13 years. In six of their last eight games they have scored three or fewer runs and in their last couple of games they have not had an extra base hit.

OF Jason Bay was supposed to bring some pop in the Mets’ lineup after leading the Boston Red Sox in HR’s last season, but this season he is only hitting .217 and he has yet to hit a dinger and only has two RBI’s.

Chicago’s offense has not been as bad as the Mets, but they have had trouble stranding way to many runners on base.

In tomorrow nights pitching match up Mike Pelfrey (2-0 1.29 ERA) is slated to start and he has been one bright spot for the New York rotation this season. For the Cubs supposed Ace Carlos Zambrano is slated to start and even though he is 1-1 and does have 17 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched his ERA is 9.45.

The Cubs do not have to face Mets’ ace Johan Santana until game four in the series.