Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES CHICAGO CUBS
12-14, 2nd in National League East May 4, 2:20 PM | Grass of Wrigley Field 15-12, 1st in National League Central
Philadelphia at Chi. Cubs, MLB Baseball Betting Lines
When: 2:20 PM ET, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Zach Eflin (0-0, 1.89 ERA) vs. Cubs RH John Lackey (2-3, 5.10)

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia Phillies [Z. Eflin -R] +1½ -120 +190 Ov 7½ +105
Chicago Cubs [J. Lackey -R] -1½ +100 -205 Un 7½ -125
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Wrigley Field.

Eflin has not allowed more than two runs in any of his three starts this season. The 23-year-old suffered a hard-luck loss at Los Angeles last time out despite limiting the Dodgers to two runs and four hits – a pair of solo homers – over seven innings. Eflin will be facing the Cubs for the first time in his career.

Lackey has gone exactly six innings in each of his five starts in 2017, but he has allowed at least four runs in four of them. The 38-year-old got enough support to record a win last time out at Boston despite giving up four runs and eight hits over six frames. Lackey is 5-4 with a 2.55 ERA in nine career starts against the Phillies, including a 2-0 record and 0.64 ERA in two meetings last season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cubs listed as 205-moneyline favorites versus the Phillies, while the game’s total is sitting at 7½.

The Chicago Cubs have climbed back to .500 at home and look for a third straight win there when they wrap up a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs have won two straight over the Phillies after dropping the series opener.

Chicago used a four-run sixth inning to rally for a 5-4 triumph on Wednesday and have won four of their last five at home following a four-game skid. Comebacks are nothing new for the Cubs, who improved to 6-8 when trailing after six innings. The Phillies have dropped five of six on their road trip, which wraps up Thursday, after winning six straight. Aaron Altherr has been a bright spot for Philadelphia during the series, going 5-for-11 with four runs scored.

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MLB BASEBALL TIPS

1. Cubs 3B Kris Bryant has reached base in 13 straight games against the Phillies and is batting .344 in 16 career meetings.

2. The Phillies have scored 28 runs in the first inning – tied for the most in the majors – while the Cubs have allowed a major league-worst 35 in the opening frame.

3. The Cubs are 12-0 when leading after eight innings.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Philadelphia Phillies will win outright at +190 and the game will go over 7½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Phillies 6, Cubs 3 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
PHI TEAM CHC
4.73 RUNS 5.07
4.42 RUNS AGNST 4.48
0.31 DIFF 0.59
$74 MONEY -$386
4.45 TEAM ERA 3.94
8.50 OFF HITS 8.89
3.12 OFF WALKS 4.04
8.88 OFF Ks 8.74
8.46 DEF HITS 7.93
3.00 DEF WALKS 3.56
7.19 DEF Ks 8.96
INJURIES
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Zach Eflin P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Nola P 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Harrison P 60-Day Disabled List
Charlie Morton P 60-Day Disabled List
Andres Blanco SS 15-Day Disabled List
CHICAGO CUBS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Pedro Strop P 15-Day Disabled List
Dallas Beeler P 15-Day Disabled List
Aaron Brooks P 15-Day Disabled List
Zac Rosscup P 60-Day Disabled List
Kyle Schwarber OF 15-Day Disabled List
Christian Villanueva 3B 60-Day Disabled List
Chris Coghlan OF 15-Day Disabled List
Joe Smith P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia’s last 10 games on the road
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Philadelphia is 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
CHICAGO CUBS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 5 games at home
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
Chi Cubs are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Philadelphia’s Overall Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Overall Defense 4.7 7 4.5 6
Philadelphia’s Away Scoring vs Chi Cubs’s Home Defense 4.1 10 4.7 7
Philadelphia’s Road ERA vs Chi Cubs’s Home ERA Allowed 4.5 9 3.9 9
Chi Cubs’s Overall Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Overall Defense 5.1 4 4.4 4
Chi Cubs’s Home Scoring vs Philadelphia’s Road Defense 4.3 10 4.3 7
Chi Cubs’s Home ERA vs Philadelphia’s Road ERA Allowed 4.3 9 3.7 9
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PHILLIES
Phillies are the third lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Phillies are second worst in the league in free passes at 2.6 per game.
Phillies have the second weakest defence in the league at 4.6 runs per game.
Phillies are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.0 per game.
CUBS
Cubs are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.7 runs per game.
Cubs have the second worst hits stat in the league at 8.1 per game.
Cubs give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.3 per game.

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