New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs Prediction, 4/22/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
TV: Marquee Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: New York (-123) Chicago (+113)
Wrigley Field is the venue where Trevor Williams and the Chicago Cubs (7-9, 4th in NL Central) will play the New York Mets (7-5, 1st in NL East) on Thursday. The odds on this contest have the Mets priced at -123 and the Cubs are at +113. The O/U is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers are Joey Lucchesi and Trevor Williams.
New York is slugging .346 and have been called out on strikes 96 times, while being walked on 42 occasions. They have compiled 35 runs batted in in addition to 89 base knocks so far this season, and their team batting average comes in at .241. The Mets have accounted for 14 two-baggers as a team and have hit 7 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 38 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .330. As a squad, the New York Mets are notching 3.2 runs/g, which has them sitting at 30th in the league.
Mets pitchers have conceded 8 long balls and also 40 runs (1st in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 28 opposing batters and their FIP is 2.71 as a team on the year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 4.25 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.06. The Mets have compiled a team earned run average of 2.88 this year (4th in MLB), and they have rung up 119 hitters.
Mets bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 7 times and also have had 10 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have recorded 4 holds so far this season (27th in the league). The Mets relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 50.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 8 save situations. They have earned 2 saves for the year and have missed out on 2 out of their 4 chances to save the game. The relievers have inherited 14 base runners for the season with 35.7% of those runners crossed home plate. The Mets have sent 30 relief pitchers to the hill for the season.
The Mets have converted 69.2% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 801 innings, which has them sitting at 17th in pro baseball. The New York Mets are sitting with 267 putouts for the season, as well as 88 assists and 5 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .986 which puts them in 11th in pro baseball, and have a total of 69 double plays.
Lucchesi (18-21 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.16 and he has faced 1,287 batters in the majors. He has given up 287 base hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 101 walks. His ERA is 4.23 (143 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.275. Lucchesi has taken the ball for 304 innings and has totaled 314 strikeouts during his MLB career.
The Cubs have a SLG% of .366 and they are earning 3.38 runs per game (29th in MLB). They have notched 15 two-baggers, while getting a free base 55 times and putting up 54 runs. Chicago has recorded 22 HRs so far this year and 52 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 163 occasions (8th in the league) and have notched a total of 93 base hits. The Chicago Cubs have recorded an OBP of .286 in addition to a batting average of .189 this season.
The Cubs hold a team WHIP of 1.447 with a FIP of 4.50 as a team for the year. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.86 (149 strikeouts vs 80 free passes). They are currently ranked 12th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 124. They have given up 17 long balls and they surrender 4.79 runs per 9 innings (21st in MLB). The Chicago pitching staff have conceded 75 runs this year and come in with a team ERA of 4.72 (74 earned runs surrendered).
Sitting with 18 save situations, the Cubs have 11 holds in addition to 1 blown save. Chicago has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 6 save chances and they have walked away with 5 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 16 times in high leverage situations and on 19 occasions with runners on base. Chicago relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 30.6% out of their 36 inherited base runners. They are ranked 3rd in baseball with a save percentage of 83.3%, and they have sent 65 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season.
The Chicago Cubs have turned 14 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .991 (4th in MLB). The Cubs have accrued 147 assists, 5 errors and have accounted for 396 putouts on the season. In 1,188 innings played, the Cubs have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.4% (16th in MLB).
During his pro baseball career, Williams has surrendered 554 hits and he has 429 strikeouts in 549 innings. Williams (33-38 career mark) is the owner of a 4.44 ERA and has given up 9.1 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 271 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.344 and a FIP of 4.5. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.33 and he has gone up against 2,358 opposing batters during his career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take New York (-123)
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