Cubs vs. Mets Saturday Prediction
After the Mets' bullpen failed to hold another lead on Friday night, New York will try to bounce back with Jacob deGrom on the hill Saturday evening. Will the Mets give deGrom any run support when they host the Chicago Cubs again at 7:15 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:15 p.m. ET, Citi Field
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Mets as a -125 favorite. As of this writing, 64% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Mets to beat the Cubs on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Cubs' Montgomery excellent in spot start vs. Pirates
Mike Montgomery spun 5 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in the Cubs’ 7-0 victory over the Pirates. Making a start in place of the injured Yu Darvish (triceps), Montgomery didn’t give up his first hit until Corey Dickerson singled with one out in the fifth inning. He permitted just two singles on the day, didn’t walk anyone and fanned five. The Cubs are hopeful that Darvish’s injury is minor, but Montgomery offers good protection and could get at least one more turn.
Mets' deGrom goes seven strong innings vs. Braves
Starting the first game of the doubleheader, Jacob deGrom pitched seven innings of one-run ball Monday in a no-decision against the Braves. DeGrom, who kept pitching after a sixth-inning rain delay, left with a one-run lead after seven, only to see that get blown by Seth Lugo. DeGrom struck out eight in the 115-pitch outing. He's still without a loss after 11 starts this season, though because of the Mets' pen, he remains stuck on four wins. He's departed with leads a total of seven times.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs are a perfect 5-0 in their last five games versus the Mets but are just 3-8 in their last 11 games played at Citi Field.
The over is 6-1 in the last seven meetings between these two teams and is 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings overall.
Even though you'll be fading deGrom and that's always a risk, I do like the Cubs in this spot. The Mets are 1-4 in deGrom's last five starts, are 2-8 in his last 10 home outings and are 1-4 in his last five starts coming off four days of rest. They've been so bad, not because he's been bad, but because the team's offense and bullpen has been a disaster when he starts. So getting a good Cubs team receiving plus odds is a risk I'm willing to take.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs +115