Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies
The Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies meet for game one of their series at Wrigley Field. The Phillies are -180 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Chicago Cubs are having a disaster of a season and their best hopes for this season has to be that some of their players who are expendable command decent value on the trade market to a contender or they are able to unload veterans with big salaries as contending isn’t something this ball club is going to do this year. The Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 21-29 at home this season, and 13 games back and in fifth place in the National League Central. As a team Chicago is hitting .261 led by Starlin Castro at .303, Marlon Byrd at .306, Aramis Ramirez at .300, and Darwin Barney at .296. As a team the Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 4.69 with the starters at 5.23 and the bullpen at 3.78. For game one against the Phillies Chicago Starts Rodrigo Lopez who makes his fourth start after working from the bullpen for the bulk of the season. For the year Lopez has allowed 37 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 16 in 31.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies have the best record in baseball and they look to add to it in their trip to Chicago’s North Side. The Phillies are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 25-20 on the road, and have a three and a half game lead over the Braves in the NL East. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .249 with Shane Victorino at .303, Placido Polanco at .274, and Jimmy Rollins at .271. As a staff the Phillies pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.12 with the starters at 2.99 and the bullpen at 3.45. For game one in Chicago Philadelphia starts the ace of their staff and the starting pitcher for the National League in the All Star game Roy Halladay. For the season Halladay has allowed 129 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 138 in 143.1 innings of work.
Chicago is 4-1 in their last five home games as an underdog, 3-8 in their last 11 games overall, and 0-5 in their last five game one of a series. Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last six games against the NL Central, 23-9 in their last 32 games overall, and 10-1 in Halladay’s last 11 starts as a road favorite.
The odds in this one are out of hand but it’s an easy win for the Phillies. Take them minus the 190 here.
Philadelphia Phillies -190 Chicago Cubs