New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs 5-23-2023

New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs 5/23/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs 5/23/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The New York Mets will go against the Chicago Cubs in MLB action at Wrigley Field, Chicago, on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at 7:40 PM ET.


The Cubs recently regressed and are presently in third place in the NL Central Division, while the Mets are slowly but surely reentering the National League East competition.


The Mets might find their rhythm again after a miserable first two months of the season after racking up three straight victories before a rainout halted their progress on Saturday against the Guardians. 


The Mets, now at .500, took on the Guardians in a doubleheader on Sunday to close the gap on Atlanta, who were currently in first place.


The Mets defeated Cleveland in game one of the doubleheader, 5-4, despite losing a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning.


Sterling Marte snapped out of his funk with a 3-for-4 game, including a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, while Max Scherzer delivered the Mets six innings of scoreless relief.


Tuesday’s series opener will see Kodai Senga pitching for the Mets. Senga made eight starts this year, going 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA.


He pitched six innings against the Rays, recording 12 strikeouts while giving up three hits and one run. Senga has a 6.30 ERA while going 2-1 in four starts on the road this year while giving up 23 hits in 20 innings of work.


Senga has an 11.7 K/9 rate, and five home runs allowed when traveling. In his first season in the major leagues, the 30-year-old Japanese import had a hard-hit rate of 39.6% and a strikeout percentage of 29.4%.


The Mets bullpen entered the game in 53 situations with a cumulative save percentage of 77.8%. The relief pitchers gave up 58 runners this year, and 25.9% reached home plate.


Thirty-nine times and 51 times in high-leverage situations, Mets pitchers took the mound with runners on base. This season, the Mets sent 150 relief pitchers to the mound.


The relievers have a season total of 35 holds, which ranks third in baseball. They made 14 saves so far this year, but only four of their 18 chances to win the game resulted in a save.


  • The total went OVER in 6 of the NY Mets’ last eight matches.
  • The NY Mets are 5-0 SU in their last five matches.
  • The NY Mets are 1-4 SU in their last five matches against Chi Cubs.

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New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 5/23/2023


Before Sunday’s season finale in Philadelphia, the Chicago Cubs had a solid start to the year but lost six of their last seven games and seven of 10 overall.


Before Sunday’s game, the Cubs fell a season-high five matches below .500, but thanks to the rest of the division’s bad starts, they were still only five games back of first place.


The Cubs were defeated 2-1 by the Phillies on Sunday in Philadelphia despite starter Justin Steele’s outstanding effort due to a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning.


The Cubs’ batters managed just three hits and one run throughout Steel’s seven innings.


On Tuesday at Wrigley Field, the Cubs will start seasoned lefty Drew Smyly. Smily made nine starts this year and is 4-1 with a 2.86 ERA. Smyly has four quality starts under his belt and threw 50.1 innings while surrendering 37 hits.


This season, he has a fantastic WHIP of 0.83 and an 8.2 K/9 rate. Smyly has a 1-0 record in four starts at home and a 2.14 ERA.


Out of his four home starts, he only had one quality start. This season, Smyly’s hard-hit rate dropped to just 31.4%, significantly lower than the league average of 36%. 


Chicago had ten chances to rescue the game; in those 10, they had five saves. They sent 148 bullpen pitchers to the mound this season and are now ranked 28th in baseball with a save percentage of 50.0%.


They used their bullpen relievers 33 times with base runners and 34 times in high-leverage situations. Chicago bullpen relievers currently score 25.0% of the 48 inherited base runners.


The Cubs have 20 holds out of 31 save opportunities but also missed five saves.


  • The total went OVER in 10 of Chi Cubs’ last 11 matches.
  • The Chi Cubs are 1-7 SU in their last eight matches.
  • The total went UNDER in 12 of Chi Cubs’ last 18 matches against the NY Mets.

New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs. The MLB pick for this game is the Chicago Cubs. Due to Smyly’s strong home record and the Mets’ difficulties this season against lefties, the Cubs will have the advantage in this game.


Smyly, who has a 2.13 ERA at home this season and a career-best WHIP thus far, will face New York, hitting just .239 against lefties. Senga, meanwhile, had trouble away from CitiBank Field, posting an ERA of over six.


Senga gave up five home runs and more hits than innings pitched while traveling. Senga’s opponents are hitting .288 against him on the road this year.


In the first game of this series, expect the Cubs to pick up their play and calm down the Mets. The Cubs will win to a predicted score of 6-3.


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New York Mets vs Chicago Cubs 5/23/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:40 PM ET


Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago


Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023




MLB Odds: New York Mets -110


MLB Totals: 8


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