Phillies at Cubs - 5/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (26-22) at Chicago Cubs (32-14)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Jerad Eickhoff (2-6) (3.86) vs. K Hendricks (2-4) (3.11)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -260 / Philadelphia Phillies +237 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series Saturday at Wrigley Field.
The Philadelphia Phillies could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Phillies have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 3.72 and have lost six of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 56 hits, Maikel Franco has 28 RBI and Freddy Galvis has four home runs. Jerad Eickhoff gets the nod, and he’s 2-6 with a 3.86 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. This will be Eickhoff’s second career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Cubs have scored 27 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in four of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all year, and they’ve won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Ben Zobrist leads Chicago with 56 hits, Kris Bryant has 36 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 11 home runs. Kyle Hendricks takes the hill, and he’s 2-4 with a 3.30 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Hendricks’ second career game against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Eickhoffs last 7 starts. The Cubs are 41-16 in their last 57 during game 2 of a series and 17-8 in Hendricks' last 25 home starts. The under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago.
Unless you're an elite team or have a terrific pitcher on the mound, it's tough to pick against the Cubs, especially on their home field. The Cubs just find ways to win and have a lineup that produces consistently. You have to like Chicago yet again.