Cubs at Mets Fantasy Betting Preview June 1, 2018

Two teams headed in opposite directions. Can the New York Mets stop their slide down the NL East? Not if the red hot Chicago Cubs have anything to say about it.

Pitching matchup

Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.10 ERA) is struggling lately. His last two trips to the mound have gone just 2.2 innings each. His walks have gotten out of control (8.4 BB/9) while the strikeouts have dried up (six total in the last three starts combined). Chatwood may experiment with pitching exclusively from the stretch this week.

Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.40 ERA) has been alternating good outings with poor ones recently. Last week against the Brewers, Wheeler went six innings and gave up four runs on six hits, two walks and six strikeouts. If patterns hold, he will be better on Friday.

Better play: Wheeler
New York’s starter is the safer bet. He will probably go six innings and get you a handful of strikeouts. Chatwood has been one of the league’s worst starters over the last couple of weeks. Add in a tweak of his delivery and things could go haywire.

Who should start

  • Asdrubal Cabrera is probably starting for you already, and that shouldn’t change here. The infielder’s bat is on fire and he has been great in his career against Chatwood (4-for-13 with a home run, three walks and two strikeouts).
  • Jason Heyward is in the midst of his third straight disappointing season at the plate, but he could be a good pickup for this game. The outfielder has two home runs and two doubles as part of an 8-for-21 career batting line against Wheeler.

Who should sit

  • Ian Happ had a minor injury concern earlier this week. It has not forced the versatile hitter to the DL, but the extent of the shoulder trouble is not clear. Keep him on the bench until there is more clarity on the situation.
  • Adrian Gonzalez has been hitting better lately, but there are so many better options at first base. The former all-star isn’t providing enough power to be an everyday option at a corner position.

Prediction

Cubs to win, The Mets can’t get everything clicking at the same time, and they are actually better on the road than they are at home. Meanwhile, the Cubs are trending up and do well away from Wrigley.

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