Two NL Favorites are Playing Well
With both teams playing well at the moment, Wednesday’s matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies promises to be a great one. The wind is blowing out at 15 mph tonight at Wrigley. This game could be all kinds of high scoring no matter who is on the mound.
The Phillies have have won four of their last five game. The Cubs have been tearing it up since April 27, going 16-6. The Cubs are now leading the NL Central despite losing their first six out of seven games to begin the season.
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NBCS Philadelphia, NBCS Chicago; LINE: Cubs -167; O/U: 10.5 Over -120.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies LH Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. Cubs LH Cole Hamels (4-0 3.13)
From a starting pitching perspective, this will be a battle of two Coles, and both are lefties. The Cubs’ representative, Cole Hamels, is a MLB veteran pitching in his 14th season. He has a World Series MVP under his bet. His counterpart, Cole Irvin, is a rookie going into just his third start of a promising career. Both pitchers are undefeated so far this season. Hamels at 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA, and the young phenom with a 2-0 record and a 2.77 ERA.
Javier Baez slapped the game-winning single in Tuesday’s 3-2 win for Chicago. The Cubs have alternated losses and wins over the last six games as it clings to first place in the NL Central. Kris Bryant answered an 0-for-5 performance in Monday’s 5-4 loss by reaching base four times. He had three hits and walked once. He also scored two runs, including the tying one in the ninth inning. Philadelphia’s Jean Segura doubled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Cesar Hernandez has gone 9-for-20 with three doubles and a triple in his last five games. Andrew McCutchen had a two-run single in the seventh inning on Tuesday. He is 8-for-27 against Hamels. Former NL MVP, and resident ass-hat, Bryce Harper is 8-for-34.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Phillies‘ Irvin followed his impressive major-league debut with his second win in as many starts. He permitted four runs, three earned, and five hits in six innings. It ended with a 5-4 victory over Colorado. The youngster helped himself at the plate by working a 10-pitch walk in his first big-league at-bat. That set up McCutchen’s two-run homer. Irvin did himself no favors with a pair of fielding errors in the second inning. They led to the Rockies scoring the first run of the game. 1B Rhys Hoskins is 1-for-20 in his last six games.
The Cubs‘ Hamels posted a 114-90 record with Philadelphia from 2006-15. The crafty veteran snapped a string of four straight no-decisions on Friday after allowing two runs in five innings of a 14-6 victory at Washington. The Cubs are 7-2 mark in games started by Hamels this season. The lefty hurler has surrendered a homer in seven of those outings. That is unlike the perennial double-digit winner. C Willson Contreras is 8-for-20 with five RBIs over his last five games.
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The Dart Throw: Cubs 7, Phillies 2
MLB Betting Odds & Trends
|Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Philadelphia’s last 13 games|
|Philadelphia is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road|
|Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games on the road|
|Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Philadelphia is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|Philadelphia is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|Chi Cubs is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Chi Cubs is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs’s last 13 games|
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing Philadelphia|
|Chi Cubs is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Philadelphia|
|Chi Cubs is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Philadelphia|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs’s last 9 games when playing at home against Philadelphia|
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