New York Mets at Chicago Cubs 4/17/08 Preview

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New York Mets (10-7) at Chicago Cubs (12-6)
Monday, 7:05 pm Eastern – ESPN

SBG Global Opening Line: Cubs – 135, Total 8.5 Under -115

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets open up a quick two game set on Monday in Chicago with Carlos Zambrano facing John Maine. Zambrano is 2-1 on the season with an ERA of 3.04 and is coming off a nice outing on Wednesday against Cincinnati when he allowed only two runs in seven innings. The Cubs are playing well having swept Pittsburgh over the weekend. Zambrano is 3-1 in his last five starts against the Mets with a 3.41 ERA. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Cubs at Home.

John Maine gets the start for the Mets on Monday. He is 1-1 on the season with a 3.78 ERA. He did not pitch well against the Cubs last season, posting a 10.57 ERA against them. Maine has been solid this season except for giving up walks. He gave up four in his last start on Wednesday against Washington. “The walks, they’ve been up in all these games,” Maine said. “To be able to miss that bad – in the seventh after I got two outs – it’s frustrating.” The Mets lost on Sunday at Philadelphia 5-4, ending their five game winning streak.

SBG Global Current Line: Cubs – 135, Total 8.5 Flat

Here are the MLB betting stats for Monday’s game. The Mets are 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. The Mets are 29-14 in their last 43 vs. the National League Central. The Mets are 3-13 in their last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Mets are 4-1 in Maine’s last 5 starts. The Mets are 15-7 in Maine’s last 22 road starts. The Mets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.

The Cubs are 7-1 in their last 8 games as a home favorite. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cubs are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. the National League East. The Cubs are 1-5 in Zambrano’s last 6 Monday starts. The Cubs are 0-4 in Zambrano’s last 4 starts vs. a team with a winning record.

The Under is 5-1 in the Mets last 6 overall. The Over is 11-4 in the Mets last 15 road games. The Over is 15-6-1 in the Mets last 22 vs. the National League Central. The Over is 7-3-2 in the Mets last 12 games as a road underdog. The Over is 5-2-1 in Maine’s last 8 road starts. The Over is 5-2-1 in Maine’s last 8 starts vs. the National League Central.

The Over is 6-1 in the Cubs last 7 overall. The Under is 7-1-1 in Zambrano’s last 9 starts as a favorite. The Over is 9-2 in Zambrano’s last 11 starts vs. the National League East. The Under is 19-7-1 in Zambrano’s last 27 starts overall. The Over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago between the two teams. The Over is 4-0 in Zambrano’s last 4 starts vs. the Mets.

Pick Mets