Mets vs. Cubs prediction and odds for Wednesday, May 24 (Take advantage of low total)

Chicago Cubs center fielder Christopher Morel (5).
Chicago Cubs center fielder Christopher Morel (5). / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, but they’re in the mix in the NL Central sitting just 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Chicago hosts the New York Mets on Wednesday night, who have jumped back into second in the NL East despite a slow start. 

New York will have rookie Kodai Senga (4-2, 3.77 ERA) on the mound for this game after he shut down the Tampa Bay Rays in his last start. 

Chicago counters with ace Marcus Stroman (3-4, 3.05 ERA) who has turned in eight great starts and two poor ones this season. 

How should we bet this matchup between NL playoff hopefuls? 

Mets vs. Cubs odds, run line and total

Mets vs. Cubs prediction and pick

The total for this game is set at 6.5, an extremely low number, which shows the confidence in the pitchers in this matchup. 

However, I’m not exactly sold on both starters shutting down these offenses. The Cubs ranks 10th in MLB in OPS against right-handed pitching this season, and Senga has seen four of his eight starts finish with a combined score of seven or more runs. 

Stroman has been terrific outside of bad starts against the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers, but he too has seen four games finish with seven or more runs scored. 

The Cubbies have been one of the best offenses in baseball over the last two weeks, ranking seventh in the league in OPS, and I think even if these starters pitch well, the bullpens are vulnerable to getting knocked around. 

Chicago has a bullpen ERA of 4.39 this season while the Mets sit at 4.09. In Senga’s last start, he gave up just one run in six innings, but the Mets bullpen allowed six in an 8-7 win. 

Take advantage of this low total on Wednesday night. 

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