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Mets Favored to Complete Sweep Over Cubs

Marcus Stroman's Mets are favored over the Cubs in the Chicago vs New York odds for June 17.

The New York Mets were 0-7 in their previous seven games against the Chicago Cubs before going on a 3-0 run in this week’s four-game series. The Mets will try to stay hot with another win over the Cubs in Thursday night’s series finale.

Chicago Cubs vs New York Mets
  • Date/Time: June 17, 7:10 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Citi Field
  • TV Coverage: SNY
  • Opening Odds: Mets -125 | O/U 7.5 (Line History)
  • Cubs vs Mets Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The betting line on Thursday’s matchup has remained steady with the Mets going off as -125 home favorites and Chicago on the board as a +105 underdog. The total has also remained steady at 7.5 runs. Chicago is 2-6 in its last eight games as an underdog.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Kyle Hendricks got off to a disastrous start in 2021 with a 7.54 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP through his first five starts. The right-hander has been rock-solid since then, however, pitching at least six innings and giving up three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts. Hendricks now has a 4.46 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP and has led the Cubs to wins in each of his last six starts.

Marcus Stroman is enjoying the best season of his career this year with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 77.1 innings. Stroman has allowed one earned run or none in each of his last two starts and in eight of his 13 starts overall. The Mets are 4-1 in his last five trips to the hill.

Chicago News & Notes

The Cubs caught a break when Jacob deGrom was forced to leave Wednesday night’s game with a shoulder injury after just three innings pitched. Despite deGrom’s early exit, Chicago still only managed to score three runs in a 6-3 loss to the Mets. Chicago has been outscored 14-7 in this series and has scored only nine total runs over the team’s last four games.

This is the Cubs’ fifth losing streak of three games or more this season. The Cubs are 3-1 in their previous four games coming off of three straight losses, with their only loss in such a situation coming during a season-long five-game losing streak back at the end of April. Chicago has fallen to 38-30 with these recent losses.

New York News & Notes

Jacob deGrom has now been pulled out of each of his last two starts early due to arm issues as he had elbow soreness after last Friday’s start against the San Diego Padres and now shoulder soreness against the Cubs on Wednesday.

The Mets are hoping that these injuries are nothing serious and appear to just be taking all the precautions that they can with their star pitcher. The right-hander is on a historic pace in 2021 with a remarkable 0.54 ERA, 0.51 WHIP and 111 strikeouts through 67.1 innings.

New York enters Thursday’s action with the best team ERA in the majors at 3.12. This Mets pitching staff and bullpen have been so good that the team has managed to compile a 35-25 record and open up a five-game lead in the National League East despite having one of the worst offenses in baseball. The Mets are 8-2 over their last 10 games.

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Betting Pick: UNDER 7.5 runs

The first three games in this series have produced an average of seven runs per game. With Stroman and Hendricks on the mound, this low-scoring trend is bound to continue.

Shark Bites
  • Chicago is 3-7 in its last 10 road games.
  • New York is 6-1 in its last 7 games.
  • The UNDER is 7-3 in Chicago’s last 10 games vs New York.