The New York Mets will battle the Chicago Cubs in a National League matchup on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Chicago is coming off a 6-5 win over San Francisco on Wednesday, while New York dropped a 5-3 decision at Texas. The Mets (35-38), who are 17-15 on the road in 2024, are 8-2 over their past 10 games. The Cubs (36-39), who are 21-16 at home this year, have split their past 10 games and they'll turn to ace Shota Imanaga (7-1, 1.89 ERA) on Friday. 

The game is slated to begin at 2:20 p.m. ET in Chicago. The Mets are batting .246 as a team this year, 12th-best in MLB, while the Cubs are batting .230, 25th-best. Chicago is the -146 favorite (risk $146 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Mets vs. Cubs odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making any Mets vs. Cubs picks, be sure to check out the MLB predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer simulation model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every MLB game 10,000 times. It entered Week 13 of the 2024 MLB season on a 131-105 run on top-rated MLB picks dating back to last season, and it has excelled on top-rated run-line picks during that span, going 20-8 (+809). Anybody following has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Mets vs. Cubs and just locked in its picks and MLB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several MLB odds and betting lines for Cubs vs. Mets:

  • Mets vs. Cubs money line: Chicago -146, New York +123
  • Mets vs. Cubs over/under: 8.5 runs 
  • Mets vs. Cubs run line: Chicago -1.5 (+134) 
  • NYM: The Mets have hit the game total over in 20 of their last 29 away games (+12.20 units) 
  • CHC: The Cubs have hit the first five innings team total under in 34 of their last 49 games (+17.50 units) 
  • Mets vs. Cubs picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back the Cubs

Center fielder Cody Bellinger has been hitting the ball well of late, including a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. Over the past 10 games, Bellinger has registered five multi-hit games, and was 5-for-13 (.385) in a three-game series at Tampa Bay last week. In 36 career games against the Mets, Bellinger is batting .248 with six doubles, one triple, 13 homers and 31 RBI.

Second baseman Nico Hoerner is coming off a stellar series against San Francisco. He had two multi-hit games against the Giants, including a 2-for-5 effort with a double and stolen base in Wednesday's win. For the year, he is batting .243 with 14 doubles, one triple, two homers, 18 RBI and 34 runs scored. In 15 career games against New York, he is batting .283 with one double, one homer and five runs scored. See which team to pick here.

Why you should back the Mets

Left-hander Jose Quintana (2-5, 4.98 ERA) will start for New York. The former Cub has started 14 games on the year, and has been pitching well of late. In a 5-1 win over San Diego on Saturday, he pitched six innings, allowing just two hits, one earned run and two walks, while striking out six. He has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 11 games. Despite not registering a win, he has pitched well in six career starts against Chicago. In 35.1 innings of work, he has allowed 30 hits, 12 earned runs and nine walks, while striking out 32.

Offensively, center fielder Harrison Bader is among the team's top hitters. In 65 games, he is batting .269 with 11 doubles, four homers, 27 RBI and 25 runs scored. He had a five-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday. Over the last seven games, he has two multi-hit performances, including a 2-for-5 effort with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in a 10-4 win over Miami on June 12. He also had two hits in an 11-6 win over San Diego on Saturday. He has worn out Cubs pitching throughout his career. In 83 games, he is hitting .286 with 15 doubles, one triple, eight homers and 19 RBI against Chicago. See which team to pick here.

How to make Mets vs. Cubs picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the run total, projecting 9.3 combined runs. It also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only get the MLB model's picks and analysis at SportsLine.

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