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Cubs vs. Phillies - 7/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (34-63) at Chicago Cubs (51-43)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

J Williams (3-7) (6.43) vs. J Lester (5-8) (3.37)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -251 / Philadelphia Phillies +230 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-PHI, WGN

The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday afternoon.

The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Phillies have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Phillies have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Ben Revere leads Philly with 105 hits and 26 RBI while Ryan Howard and Freddy Galvis have combined for 73 RBI. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost five straight road games. Jerome Williams gets the ball, and he’s 3-7 with a 6.43 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. This will be Williams’ second career game against the Cubs.

Cubs vs. Phillies - 7/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Cubs have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 98 hits and 51 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 94 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have split their last 10 home games. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he’s 5-8 with a 3.37 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. Lester is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Brewers are 19-7 in their last 26 during game 1 of a series and 16-35 in their last 51 vs. a team with a winning record. The Cubs are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. National League East and 1-4 in Lesters last 5 home starts. The Phillies are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago.

This line is insane to me. The Cubs aren't looking like worldbeaters right now and the Phillies are playing some decent ball the last week or so. Also, the Phillies have had some consistent success playing at Wrigley, winning seven of the last 10 games. Call me crazy, but the value is on the road team. 

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Philadelphia Phillies +230

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