The MLB is back in action today as the Chicago Cubs will clash with the Philadephia Phillies. This is game three of a three-game series. The Cubs will give the nod to Yu Darvish and the Phillies will counter with Drew Smyly.
Chicago Cubs Form
The Cubs are in a tight race with the Cardinals for the top spot in the National League Central. Moreover, they have been very solid all season. And especially at home, they have been great as they stand at 41-19 so far.
However, their away record is not good enough as they won 23 and lost 37 games. They also lost the first two games of this series against the Phillies. Therefore, they need to improve heading into this game.
On the offensive side of the game, the Cubs score an average of 5.06 runs per game which is the 11th record in the league in scoring. Also, they are 10th in hitting at .256 and 7th in homers with 182. On the mound, they come in ranked 5th in the league in ERA at 3.99, while also ranking 10th in WHIP at 1.29 and 17th in K’s with 995.
Philadelphia Phillies Form
The Phillies are in a transition period at the moment as they decided to part ways with their hitting coach John Mallee. Moreover, they managed to have an instant impact with Chalie Manuel as they managed to put up 11 runs in the game against the Cubs. Philly has been struggling lately but they are just two games out of the 2nd wildcard slot. They won the first two games in this series that the winning momentum is on their side now.
On the offensive side of the game, the Phillies score an average of 4.80 runs per game. Also, they are 21st in hitting at .246 and 21st in homers with 139. On the mound, they are18th in the league in ERA at 4.60, while also ranking 21st in WHIP at 1.39 and 20th in Ks with 928.
The Cubs have been solid at home but it seems that their away form is not good enough this season. On the other side, the Phillies need to keep winning in order to get that wildcard spot. They are solid at home and they won the first two games. I expect a third win for the Phillies in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies 08/14/2019 is: take the Philadelphia Phillies+130 (MoneyLine).
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