It isn’t the biggest card on Monday as we head into the final week of August. The stakes are getting higher and higher with the postseason quickly approaching. There is a lot left to be decided across the major leagues. The Mets are well aware where they are going already, which is nowhere. Despite one of the best rotations in baseball, the Mets are going to be without a spot in the postseason.
They are currently 14 games behind for the final wildcard, so needless to say, their year will be ending at the conclusion of the regular season. The Cubs on the other hand will be seeking their second World Series in three years. The 2016 win for the Cubs wasn’t the end for them. They won it the right way, without having to sign costly free agents left and right. The Cubs didn’t have to blow things up and rebuild, as they already developed a young core that they could build around.
The Cubs put the Cincinnati Reds on blast over the weekend. The Reds were no match for the hot bats of the Cubs, rolling over them for four straight wins. Sunday was their fifth in a row, as it started with an 8-2 win over the Tigers. That victory seemed to get the offense warmed up and the wheels moving in the right direction.
Note that the Cubs are still awaiting the return of Kris Bryant to the lineup. A guy with his talent out of most lineups in the league would kill their offense. The Cubs, to their credit, had the luxury of calling up David Bote to plug a hole. Depth is part of the game and the Cubs have showcased that. In any event, the offense will get an instant boost upon Bryant’s return. The Mets will send out the reliable Noah Syndergaard to the bump, while the Cubs are scheduled to counter with Jon Lester who has been heating up. Get our free Mets vs. Cubs pick below.
N.Y. Mets vs. Chicago Cubs Pick
Noah Syndergaard (9-3, 3.38 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (14-5, 3.64 ERA)
Mets’ pitchers have been plagued by a lack of run support. Just ask Jacob deGrom who may miss out on the Cy Young because of a bad offense. I don’t think that’s fair to him, but we’ll see how things shake out. Syndergaard enters with a record of 9-3 and a 3.38 ERA. Conversely, deGrom has a 1.71 ERA and a record of 8-8, so that goes to show you.
The Mets shutout the Nationals two days straight, as they earned 3-0 wins. However, nothing was working for them on Sunday and had to settle for a 15-0 loss. Jason Vargas and Zack Wheeler provided some good work in the back of the rotation for the Mets. Syndergaard must content with the Cubs at Wrigley tonight, though.
Syndergaard enters with an ERA of 3.38 and a 3.42 ERA on the road. He’s been slightly off pace in his previous three outings with an ERA of 4.34 and 1.34 WHIP. The Phillies got to him for 8 hits and 4 runs in 5.2 innings of action to skew his ERA up a bit. Even though they won a couple of games against the Nats over the weekend, it wasn’t because of the offense.
They scored only 6 runs in the last three days. The last time they tallied more than 3 runs was five games ago. Further, the Cubs have had success against Syndergaard, hitting him for a .317 average and .386 OBP in 63 at-bats. Lester has been hot with only 1 run allowed in his last two games of 11.2 innings pitched. He’s been locating his pitches nicely, with only 1 walk yielded during that time. The Mets are hitting just .226 in 217 at-bats against Lester. It looks like the edge goes to the Cubs in this matchup.