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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Predictions, Preview, and Odds – 8-14-2019
On Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies will do battle in this NL Central vs NL East division matchup. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET, with Cole Hamels on the mound for Chicago and Aaron Nola going for Philadelphia.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on NSCH for Chicago and NSPA for Philadelphia.
Cubs Looking To Stay In First In Central Division
The Chicago Cubs have gained some ground again in their NL Central division lead after losing first place a week or so ago. The Cubs are 7-3 in their last ten games and just split a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. Chicago could have a record up with the Dodgers standards, but the Cubs are just two completely different teams at home and on the road. Chicago is 41-19 at home, but an ugly 23-35 away from Wrigley.
Cole Hamels is still pitching like an ace and the Cubs are loving it. Hamels has a quality start in 5 of his last 8 starts. Half of those starts were shutouts and Chicago won five of those games. Also, the guy still gets a high strikeout total in that boxscore. The numbers have been there, however, Hamels is coming off a short outing against the Reds. He went 3 innings, gave up 4 earned runs, 8 hits, and took the loss. It was only his third bad outing of the season and he should be fine against the mystery Phillies team.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 14, 2019
The Cubs are 2-2 against the Phillies this season and most of the games were close. Nicholas Castellanos has been a great fit for the Cubs and he had a few games with the bat in the last series with the Reds. Since the trade from the Detroit Tigers on July 31st, he has had a hit in almost every game with his new team. Also, Kris Bryant has been playing okay since his knee injury, but lately, he may have found his form again. Bryant has 10 hits in his last 26 at bats
Phillies Continue To Hover In Wild Card Race
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to hover a little above the .500 mark and just two games back in the NL wild card race. Philly is 3-7 in their last ten games and they are coming off a rough 2-5 road trip. They lost two of three to the Arizona Diamondbacks and three of four to the San Francisco Giants. Both these teams are right with the Phillies in the tight wild card race and they could have created some separation from these teams. Instead, they have to worry about more teams fighting for a few playoff spots. Philadelphia is now 4-7 in August.
Aaron Nola has been a shot in the arm for the Phillies. The team has won six of his last eight starts. Five of those starts were quality starts and he usually gives up 1-2 runs. He did beat the Cubs back on May 23rd. In that game, he went 5.1 innings, gave up 3 runs, 4 hits, and walked 4. Yes, 4 walks. That sums up why the Phillies are around .500 instead of competing for the NL East title, the pitching control has costed them. The team has given up 590 runs this season and that’s the third-worst in the NL.
Philadelphia was 4-5 in their last homestand. It was a mix of blowout losses and a few close wins. The Phillies just brought back their ex-manager Charlie Manuel, as a hitting coach. Maybe he can bring back that great Phillies offense vibe of the late 2000s. The team hasn’t won a series in the last week and a half, and since the All-Star break, the offensive numbers are almost at the bottom of the Major league teams. Bryce Harper showed some of his usual greatness in the Giants series, but then was shutdown in a few of those games, and the Phillies took a few 5-0, and 3-1 losses. The top half of the lineup needs to start producing or the Phillies aren’t going anywhere.
- Phillies are 2-5 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Phillies are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
- Phillies are 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games.
- Cubs are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cubs are 9-2 in Hamels’ last 11 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Cubs are 4-1 in Hamels’ last 5 starts vs. National League East.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is a great pitching matchup. Both these pitchers have pitched very well over the past month or so and have been able to get some quality wins. Cubs are playing good ball, but struggle on the road. Phillies have struggled to break free of any good streak.
This game will be about who scores that late run first, with just a few chances to score.
Prediction: Chicago Cubs +115
Full-Game Total Pick
The over/under has been over three out of four times between these two teams. They usually have close games and the pitching will keep the bats down a bit, but you never know what the Cubs can do out of nowhere.
With the Phillies back home and needing a spark, maybe they will be ready for the Cubs. Should be a 3-2 win for the Cubbies.
Prediction: Under 9