Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs meet on Friday as they play game one of their weekend series. The Phillies are -250 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 7.
The season has been a struggle for the Philadelphia Phillies and while they are near the bottom of the National League East standings they are just a game below .500 and with plenty of time left there is no reason to panic yet. The Phillies won the last two games of their road trip, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 3-3 at home, and 5.5 games back in the division standings. As a team the Phillies are hitting .254 with Juan Pierre hitting .339, Hunter Pence hitting .268, and Shane Victorino hitting .253. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 2.88 with the starters at 2.80 and the bullpen at 3.12. For game one against the Cubs Philadelphia starts Roy Halladay who is coming off of his first loss of the year. For the season Hallday has allowed 19 hits and five earned runs while striking out 19 over 30 innings of work for a 1.50 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs took two of three games from the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this week but aside from that there has been very little to cheer about on Chicago’s North Side. The Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 1-5 on the road this season, and they are in last place and six games out in the N.L. Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .235 led by Starlin Castro at .333, Darwin Barney at .294, and David DeJesus at .262. As a team the Cubs pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.37 with the starters at 4.34 and the bullpen at 4.42. For game on in Philly Chicago starts Paul Maholm who is coming off of his first win of the year. For the season Maholm has allowed 16 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out nine over 14 innings of work for a 8.36 ERA.
Philadelphia is 15-7 in their last 22 games following an off day, 1-4 in their last five against the N.L. Central, and 21-5 in Halladay’s last 26 starts against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 2-5 in their last seven game one of a series, 2-7 in their last none games against a right handed starter, and 0-5 in their last five road games. Chicago is 1-5 in the last six meetings of these two.
The line in this one is out of hand but there really is nowhere to go except on the Phillies as they win this one easy.
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