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2019 MLB Season
(28-20) Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs (28-18)
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019
Time: 2:20 PM ET
Venue: Wrigley Field, Chicago Illinois
Projected Pitchers: Aaron Nola vs. Jon Lester
MLB Moneyline Odds: Phillies +100 | Cubs -110
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 7.5
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Winners of four-of-five, NL East leader Philadelphia sends unbeaten Aaron Nola to the mound today vs. a formidable Chicago Cubs lineup.
Nola is 4-0 this season with a 4.47 ERA. During his most recent outing last weekend, the RHP controlled the plate while striking out 13 as Philly downed Colorado 2-1. Nola has recorded 60 strikeouts in 2019.
In lieu of consistent offense, quality pitching has carried Philadelphia all season.
And Offensively, Philadelphia’s mid-level run totals idle as Bryce Harper can’t seem to shake a pronounced slump amid MVP expectations. Harper’s .224 batting average and team-high 64 strikeouts suggest he’s feeling the pressure from his high priced offseason contract.
Averaging 4.92 runs, Philly’s top bats include Cesar Hernandez (.309) & Juan Segura (.318). The Phillies will need secondary run-support this afternoon opposite 2018 NL wins leader Jon Lester.
Following a dominant 2018, at 35-years-old, Lester toes the mound in today’s matinee for a Chicago club seated atop the NL Central.
Lester’s current 2.09 ERA bodes well even though the LHP was knocked around by Washington in his last outing. As his Cubs lost 5-2 May 18 against the Nationals, Lester surrendered five runs and ten hits over four innings.
However, still among MLB’s top hurlers, Lester (3-2) gets the benefit of the doubt for this afternoon’s encounter.
Chicago is 1-1 this year vs. Philadelphia, winning Tuesday night’s contest in dramatic walk-off fashion 3-2.
The Cubs’ .257 team batting average ranks second among NL clubs while their collective 69 round trippers place third.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 12-3-1 in PHI last 16 road games.
- Under is 22-9-1 in PHI last 32 overall.
- Under is 22-9-1 in PHI last 32 on grass.
- CHC are 12-4 in their last 16 home games.
- CHC are 37-13 in their last 51 Thu. games.
- CHC are 23-9 in their last 32 overall.
- PHI are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Chicago.
Free Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Prediction:
The records and statistics show how evenly matched the Phillies and Cubs are. Though Chicago ranks slightly ahead of Philly in pitching and offense, Lester’s previous outing is reason for concern.
Although, as stated, with his recent accolades, Lester’s diasaster vs. Washington must be treated as a one off. If the Lester who began the season 3-1 with a sub 2 ERA shows up tonight, expect Chicago to win another close contest against Philadelphia.
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Chicago’s power and accuracy advantage will push them to victory in a low-scoring affair featuring two quality starting pitchers
MLB Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 3 – Chicago Cubs 4
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