Neither team is considered elite, yet they both get a lot of attention in baseball wagering.
MLB wagering odds on this Thursday game are low since the Cubs are expected to go with their fifth starter. Tom Gorzelanny is still in the rotation and he is scheduled to start on Thursday. He got hit by a line drive off the bat of Pedro Feliz in the third inning of the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the Astros on Saturday but he was okay. "I felt like somebody just slapped me in the shoulder," Gorzelanny said. "I didn't think it was too serious, and it's not.
"I felt like I didn't need to come out. At that point, it didn't feel like it was bad at all." Gorzelanny did have to come out of the game though. "He wanted to stay in, to his credit," manager Lou Piniella said. "It really stiffened up on him. He wouldn't have been able to stay in very long." He left that game with the Cubs trailing 2-0 as he allowed two runs on three hits in three innings with a walk and no strikeouts. Gorzelanny could be making his last start for a while on Thursday. Ted Lilly is set to return to the starting rotation and that means either Gorzelanny or Carlos Silva will go to the bullpen.
The Mets have started the season poorly again in MLB wagering and manager Jerry Manuel could be in trouble. The Mets players don’t want to hear the criticism of their manager though. "We're behind Jerry 110 percent," outfielder Jeff Francoeur said. "Are you always going to agree with everything a manager does? No. Nobody does. But at the same time, he's our manager. He's a guy that has fought for us, stuck up for us through a tough offseason and we're here to stick behind him, because he's the guy we want leading us out there.” When a team loses the manager always gets a lot of heat and in New York that is even more the case. "We've lost a lot of close games," Francoeur said. "Everybody's going to question what Jerry does.”
Before this four-game series began, the Mets and Cubs had split their last ten games in baseball wagering. Until last season, this had normally been a high scoring series but last year they teams did play a few low scoring games. With two questionable offenses, even with the Cubs going with their fifth starter, runs could be tough to score on Thursday.