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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (39-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-29)

MLB Baseball: Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

J Lester (6-3) (2.29) vs. Adam Morgan (1-4) (7.06)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +229 / Chicago Cubs -250 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, ESPN2

The Chicago Cubs pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park to open a series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Chicago Cubs look like the best team in the game but they know they can’t afford to let their guard down in a top heavy NL Central. The Cubs and ace Jake Arrieta proved to be mortal in Sunday’s 3-2 loss to visiting Arizona that prevented the series sweep. Arrieta was charged with all three runs on nine hits while whiffing 12 to fall to 9-1. The Cubbies struggled against Patrick Corbin with five hits and a pair of free passes with Javier Baez going solo while Arrieta doubled in Miguel Montero. Left hander Jon Lester gets the nod to open the series on the mound at Philadelphia. Lester is coming off one of his best efforts of the season last time out with a complete game 2-1 win versus the Dodgers. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/6/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies are a team that needs both their arms and bats on the same page to succeed. The Phillies have been struggling but pulled out a series win following an 8-1 victory versus visiting Milwaukee although they have still dropped eight of eleven. Phils starter Aaron Nola improved to 5-4 with six scoreless frames while recording nine K’s. Philadelphia pounded out nine hits and walked twice with Maikel Franco going deep and scoring twice with Cameron Rupp going solo while Jimmy Paredes homered and drove in three. The Phillies go with Adam Morgan on the hill who faces the Cubs for the second time in 2016. Morgan has struggled the past two times out with 12 runs allowed on 12 hits including five homers over ten innings.

The under is 8-1 in the Cubs last 9 overall and  is 8-1 in their last 9 on grass while Chicago  are 39-15 in their last 54 overall. Philadelphia are 1-8 in their last 9 overall and  are 1-8 in their last 9 games on grass while going 5-22 in their last 27 Monday games. The numbers say Cubs but I hope they are wrong…

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Chicago Cubs -1.5

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