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Phillies at Cubs 5/23/19 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 22 May 2019 by Adam
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USA Today Sports

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs

MLB: 2:20 PM EST

May. 23, 2019

TV: ESPN+
Latest Odds : CHC -115 O/U 7.5


The Philadelphia Phillies conclude a four-game series on the road Thursday at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. The Phillies were defeated by the Cubs on Tuesday 3-2 in the second game of the series. Philadelphia’s bullpen failed to hold a ninth inning lead as Juan Nicasio suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 after giving up both runs.

Javier Baez knocked in the winning run for Chicago with a walk-off line drive single over the drawn-in Phillies infield. Kris Bryant had three hits for the Cubs and scored two runs. Baez did not start due to an injury but was given the ok to pinch-hit. The win went to Kyle Ryan who got a pair of outs in the top of the ninth.

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Jean Segura is leading the Phillies with a .318 batting average. Rhys Hoskins leads in home runs with 11 and RBIs with 36. Philadelphia is averaging .242 at the plate, while opposing hitters are averaging .259. On Thursday, the Phillies will send Aaron Nola to the mound. The right-hander is 4-0 with an ERA of 4.47, 60 Ks and 21 BBs.

Javier Baez leads the Cubs in batting average at .323, in home runs with 11 and hits with 60. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs in RBIs with 32. Chicago is averaging .257 at the plate, while opposing hitters are averaging .236. On Thursday, the Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound. The lefthander is 3-2 with an ERA of 2.09, 42 Ks and 9 BBs.

Recent Betting Trends:

Philadelphia is 4-1 in its last 5

The UNDER has cashed in 12 of the Phillies last 16 on the road

Chicago is 12-4 in its last 16 at home

The UNDER has cashed in 6 of the Cubs last 7 at home

Free Betting Pick: UNDER 7.5

Take the UNDER in this matchup. The UNDER has cashed in 6 of the Cubs last 7 at home, 5 of the Cubs last 6 at home versus a right-handed starter and 9 of the Cubs last 13 overall. The UNDER has cashed in 22 of the Phillies last 32 and each of Nola’s last 5 starts versus an opponent from the National League Central. Final Score Prediction, Chicago Cubs win, but our best play is UNDER 4-2

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