The Philadelphia Phillies get prepared to face the Chicago Cubs and the hottest pitcher in baseball Thursday night.
Jake Arrieta will get the ball for the Cubs with the pitcher on a seven-game winning streak himself. In his past seven starts the Cy Young hopeful has posted a staggering 0.36 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP while allowing two earned runs.
The Cubs have been predictably winning with the hurler on the bump with the team posting a 12-1 record in Arrieta’s past 13 starts.
The Phillies are coming into Thursday on a bad slump, scoring at just 2.2 runs per game in their past five and only plating more than two runs once in that span.
However, the Phillies swept a three-game series against the Cubs in July and outscored their opponents 21-8 in those games.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The moneyline was hovering in the range of 255 for the Philadelphia Phillies in this one over at Bodog. The over under number was sitting near 7.5 at 5Dimes.
Odds – VSB
computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 6-3.2 victory for the Cubs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Chicago Cubs vs Philadelphia Phillies Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
54-86 Philadelphia battles the Cubs, currently with a 80-58 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Chicago injuries news.
This game puts the Philadelphia Phillies, most recently No. 26 in Odds – VSB
MLB Power Rankings, up against the Chicago Cubs, who rate a No. 18 in the latest survey.
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia Phillies No. 28 ranked offense (3.84 runs per game) against a Chicago Cubs defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 at 3.91 runs allowed per game. The Philadelphia Phillies have been averaging 8.63 hits per game, more than the Chicago Cubs have managed so far this season (8.17 hits on average).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Philadelphia has the No. 29-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the No. 9 mark in runs allowed.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Chicago suffered a 4-3 loss against St. Louis on Wednesday, as J Lester wasn’t able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.
Philadelphia looks to rebound from a loss to the Braves, who beat them 8-1 on Wednesday behind a start from J Teheran at Citizens Bank Park.
- Chi Cubs is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 7 games
- Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs’s last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
- Philadelphia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
- Philadelphia is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia’s last 13 games at home
- Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Next Betting Matchups
Chicago at Philadelphia, Friday, September 11th