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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets
August 8, 2023
In New York, bettors can check out the opportunity in the second game of a three-game series featuring the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets. Will the Cubs remain consistent on the road?
Date: Game 2 on August 8, 2023 at 7:10 PM ET
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chicago Cubs Betting Preview
The Cubs have had a lot of success lately and are making a strong push for the playoffs. They recently took care of business against the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds, giving them positive momentum for this series. Jameson Taillon is expected to take the mound for game two and is 6-6 this year.
Their stats have improved in the second half of the season. Their batting average is around .257 and their opponent’s average is hovering .245. This is a solid separation between the two averages.
Their earned run average is nearing 4.12 and their on base percentage has moved close to .334. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .421, which is right at the league average.
The Cubs are making moves in the NL Central and continue to swap places with the Milwaukee Brewers and Reds. They need easier games to boost their record and now is the time to do so.
New York Mets Betting Preview
The Mets are still in a slump after losing plenty of games to the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles. They have a good opportunity at home to make things right. Carlos Carrasco is the probable starting pitcher for game two but is 3-6 on the year.
Their stats are slightly better on paper in comparison to the Nationals. Their batting average is around .236 and their opponents average is hovering .250. This is slightly negative and will likely cause problems here.
Their earned run average is nearing 4.41 and their on base percentage has moved close to .316. They also have a slugging percentage coming around .398, which is a bit off of the league average.
The Mets are fourth in the NL East by about 21 games behind the Braves. They do not have much of a chance to catch them but can still make things interesting to other teams making a playoff push.
Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick
The following odds from MyBookie shows that the Chicago Cubs are slight favorites to win game two. The market is estimating that the Cubs have a 53.8 percent chance to be victorious.
New York Mets: +110
Chicago Cubs: -130
*odds are subject to changes
The Mets are below .500 on the road, while the Cubs are slightly better at home. With the improved Cubs making a playoff push, they have a lot of determination to get this done.
Final Pick: Take the Chicago Cubs to win at -130
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