7:10 pm
June 15

Cubs @ Mets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago Cubs (38-28)

@ New York Mets (33-25)


Starting Pitchers:

Mills (CHC): 2-0; 6.08 ERA

Walker (NYM) 5-2; 2.07 ERA


Current odds:

Chicago Cubs: (+120)

New York Mets: (-130)


The Mets are 12-5 in their past 17 games and 12-2 in their past 14 home games. They also boast a major league-best 2.72 ERA from the rotation, and since David Peterson allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings a week ago in Baltimore, their rotation has pitched to a stellar 0.89 ERA (three earned runs, 30 1/3 innings) while facing San Diego in a three-game series before facing the Cubs.

Taijuan Walker (5-2, 2.07 ERA) started New York’s string of impressive starts and will take the mound Tuesday. On Wednesday in Baltimore, he allowed one run on five hits in seven innings while striking out nine — his most since Sept. 1, 2017 when he pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Walker is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in two career starts against the Cubs. On April 20, he allowed three runs, two hits and six walks in 3 2/3 innings but since that rough start in Chicago he is 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA in his past eight starts.

The Cubs did not have an at-bat with runners in scoring position Monday, and their offense consisted of homers by Anthony Rizzo and Patrick Wisdom in the seventh. Chicago saw a five-game winning streak stopped and was held to two runs for the second straight night after scoring 25 times in the first four games of its five-game winning streak.

Chicago has won seven of its past eight visits to New York, is 17-4 in its past 21 regular-season games with the Mets and hopes Alec Mills (2-0, 6.08 ERA) can help them even the series before facing deGrom on Wednesday. Mills is making his first start since April 13 at Milwaukee. He was activated last Tuesday after missing nearly a month with a lower back strain and pitched one inning at San Diego, marking the fifth straight appearance he allowed a run. Mills is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two appearances (one start) against the Mets. He got the win April 21 against New York when he tossed three scoreless innings.

StreakSmarter Pick
New York Mets