Thursday brings 12 games around Major League Baseball including a couple of matchups with quite interesting betting trends. The New York Mets (35-39) visit the Chicago Cubs (40-33), while the Kansas City Royals (25-49) host their divisional rivals Minnesota Twins (48-25), so let’s take a closer look.
The New York Mets have been awful on the road lately, losing 13 of the last 17 games, while they are 0-5 in their previous five road matchups with the NL Central. On the other side, the Chicago Cubs won seven of their last nine games at home and five of their last seven home matchups with the NL East. Also, the Cubs are 9-1 in their last ten encounters with the Mets and 15-5 in the last 20 H2H duels at Wrigley Field.
Neither of these two teams will have a starting pitcher on the mound. Walker Lockett will have a season debut for the Mets, and he’s still winless in his career with a 9.60 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP. Tyler Chatwood will get the ball for the hosts, and he’s 3-1 this season in one start and 16 relief appearances, recording a 3.60 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Hereof, I’m backing the Cubs to win at -145 (1.68).
Minnesota and Kansas City will take on each other for the second time in the last seven days, and the Twins outlasted the Royals 2-1 in a three-game set in Minneapolis. The Twins are 6-1 in their last seven meetings with the Royals and 3-0 in the previous three encounters in Kansas City. Also, the Twins won 15 of their previous 20 contests on the road, while the Royals lost 12 of their last 18 games at home.
The Twins will start Jake Odorizzi, while the Royals will counter with Glenn Sparkman. Odorizzi is 10-2 this season in 14 starts, tallying a 2.24 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP, and Minnesota is unbeaten in his previous ten starts. Sparkman is 1-3 this term in five starts and eight relief appearances, recording a 4.01 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP, while Kansas City is 0-8 in his last eight outings. I’m backing Odorizzi and the Twins to extend their streak at -220 odds (1.45).