Schule's MLB AFTERNOON EXECUTIONER - *EARLY START*
Chi Cubs vs. NY Mets,
07/02/2015 13:10 EDT,
Score: 6 - 1
Money Line: -121 NY Mets
This is a 10* play on the New York Mets.
The Cubs have improved a lot in 2015, but I still think they are a long way from fulfilling the "Back-to-the-Future" prophecy. For those that don't already know, the movie featured a scene that showed the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015. In reality they are 9.5 games back of the Cardinals, and they've failed to score more than two runs in eight straight games. The bookmakers though seem to rate the Cubs as one of the best teams in baseball, and not the mediocre team that they really are.
Jake Arrieta will toe the slab for Chicago, and he's coming off a pair of real gems. Arrieta (7-5, 2.94 ERA) allowed one run on three hits, fanning seven over seven innings in a no decision versus St. Louis his last time out. Prior to that he tossed a complete game shutout at Minnesota. He'll have his work cut out for him here against the Mets, who are tied with the Cardinals for the most home wins in the majors.
The Mets hand the ball to Jacob deGrom, (8-5, 2.15 ERA) tossed eight scoreless innings, surrendering just four hits while striking out seven in a win at Milwaukee his last time out. He's 5-1 with a 1.33 ERA in eight starts at Citi Field this season, and he's an even more impressive 4-0 with a 0.74 ERA in five starts in day games. Those incredible stats were close to identical in his rookie season: 5-3, 1.70 ERA at home, and 4-0, 1.59 ERA in the day.
I like the Mets to avoid the sweep in a pitcher's duel in New York this afternoon.