The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets will do it all over again at Citi Field Wednesday following a 5-2 win for the Cubs in the series opener. The Mets fell victim to the hot arm of Yu Darvish, as he ripped through their lineup to get another elite start in.
Darvish has been looking better and better for the Cubs as the season goes forward. If he can keep it rolling, Darvish could be the difference for the Cubs in going to the postseason. We don’t know whether they’re going to win the NL Central, a wildcard, or nothing at all yet. All three scenarios are in play at this moment.
Marcus Stroman didn’t have the worst night, but he didn’t look like the guy that the Mets traded for. Stroman allowed 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 6 innings. If Stroman can’t put the Mets over the top, then the trade isn’t going to payoff. He’s had a decent showing, but that’s not going to cut it. Stroman has to pitch like he was in Toronto for this to work. His next scheduled start will be in September, so time is going to turn into their worst enemy soon.
The Mets are three games back of going to the Wild Card Game going into tonight. They’re in danger of pushing their losing streak to four games if they fail to come up with a win this evening. Noah Syndergaard will look for better results on the bump this evening.
He has been firing darts recently, which has coincided with the trade deadline. As soon as he knew that he was staying, his game has been kicked up several notches. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to get the start for the Cubs. Head below for our free Cubs vs. Mets pick.
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The Cubs will be looking to accomplish a rare accolade Wednesday, as they seek two wins in a row on the road. Winning baseball games as a visiting team have been a chore for them. Despite the win, they are still only 26-39 on the road. Since July 4th, they’ve won on the road in back-to-back games in just three instances.
Chicago have played 22 games on the road since then, so it isn’t like they’ve been chilling at Wrigley for most of their matchups in the last two months. They catch Noah Syndergaard on fire Wednesday. Syndergaard is finally reaching his full potential and hitting his elite stroke on the hill. He was rather average earlier in the season, but he’s looked sharp of late.
Syndergaard heads into Wednesday with a 1.89 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in his last three outings. He is coming off a stellar performance in his most recent start, as the Indians were able to score just 1-run with 2 hits in 6 innings against Syndergaard.
He’s also allowed 2 or less runs in seven of his previous eight showings. Good stuff from a guy who was being regarded as an elite pitcher, though wasn’t producing elite numbers earlier in 2019. But he has been rewarding the Mets for not trading him.
Kyle Hendricks has been an underrated arm for the Cubs this season. When Darvish was struggling, Hendricks kept this rotation together. He is coming off an impressive performance as well, having held the Giants to no runs on 3 hits. Although, that was at home where Hendricks has felt most comfortable.
He has been unstoppable at Wrigley, with a 1.79 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. However, there hasn’t been too much to like about him on the road. Hendricks has posted an ERA of 4.76 and 1.41 WHIP on the road. Expect the Mets to avoid five straight losses behind a solid performance by Syndergaard on Wednesday.