Chicago Cubs vs Philadelphia Phillies Betting Odds
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The Philadelphia Phillies ended an otherwise difficult August with a dramatic win and now set their sights on a strong closing month, beginning with Saturday's matchup against the visiting Chicago Cubs. Asdrubal Cabrera launched a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Phillies to a 2-1 win in the opener of the three-game series Friday night.
It gave Philadelphia two straight wins following a 7-14 swoon and pulled the club within two games of first-place Atlanta in the National League East. The Cubs went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the loss but are expected to welcome back third baseman Kris Bryant, who missed more than a month with shoulder inflammation, and may also activate shortstop Addison Russell (shoulder/finger) on Saturday.
They will take aim at Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin, who starts Saturday opposite Kyle Hendricks for Chicago. The Cubs finished August at 18-10 and hold a 3 1/2-game lead on second-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
Chicago Cubs vs Philadelphia Phillies Starting Pitchers Report
Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (10-10, 3.86 ERA): Hendricks became a 10-game winner for the second time in his career by tossing seven scoreless innings in a rout of Cincinnati his last time out. He is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA over a six-start span and has lasted seven frames three times during that stretch. The 28-year-old gave up five runs over five innings in a loss to the Phillies earlier this year and is 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA in five career meetings.
Phillies RH Zach Eflin (9-5, 3.99): Eflin is 0-1 with an ERA of 7.27 over his last two starts - both of which were against the Washington Nationals. He outdueled Hendricks on June 5 with 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and has a 2.45 ERA in two career starts versus the Cubs. Bryant is 5-for-8 against the 24-year-old Eflin.
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Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends
|Chi Cubs is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Chi Cubs is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Chi Cubs's last 23 games|
|Chi Cubs is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 11 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Philadelphia|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia|
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Odds Trends
|Philadelphia is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games|
|Philadelphia is 14-5 ATS in its last 19 games at home|
|Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Philadelphia is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home|
|Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|Philadelphia is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs|
Chicago at Philadelphia Sunday, September 2