Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (40-17) at Philadelphia Phillies (29-30)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
J Lackey (6-2) (2.88) vs. Vincent Velasquez (5-2) (3.67)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +180 / Chicago Cubs -190 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, MLBN
Coming up early Wednesday afternoon from Citizens Bank Park, the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies will be wrapping up their MLB series.
This will be game three of the set. On Monday in the opener, the Cubs snagged a 6-4 win. On Tuesday, the Phillies eked out a 3-2 victory to even the series.
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For Wednesday’s game, the Cubs will be rolling with right-hander John Lackey. It’s been a nice 11 starts and 6-2 record for Lackey this year, as he’s sitting on a 2.88 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP across 75 total innings. On Friday, Lackey whiffed nine over 6.2 shutout innings for a win over the Diamondbacks.
The powerful Chicago lineup is the stuff of legend these days. Dexter Fowler heads the charge on 63 hits with 38 runs and 26 RBI. Kris Bryant is right there too with 63 hits, 42 runs and 41 RBI. Anthony Rizzo has been hitting well on 13 homers, 42 RBI, 52 hits and 34 runs.
Over on the Phillies side, we’ll be getting another peek at right-hander Vincent Velasquez on Wednesday. In his 11 starts and 5-2 record this year, Velasquez has put up a 3.67 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP in 61.1 innings of work. On Friday against the Brewers, Velasquez muddled through 4.1 innings of two-run ball in a no-decision.
They’re not the greatest lineup in the world, but the Phillies have some pop at the plate. Odubel Herrera heads things up with 66 hits, 32 runs and 18 RBI. Maikel Franco has 53 hits with 10 homers (team-high) and 32 RBI. Freddy Galvis has been mostly solid on 50 hits with 23 runs and 22 RBI.
The Cubs are 8-1 in their last eight against the National League East, and 21-8 in their last 28 road games against a team with a losing record. Chicago is also 40-17 in their last 57 overall, and 43-22 in their last 64 road games.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 18-37 in their last 55 against the National League Central, and 3-6 in their last nine home games. Philly is also 3-9 in their last 12 overall, and 4-1 in Velasquez’s last five home starts.
Velasquez has been on something of a downturn lately, so I’ll stick with Lackey and the Cubs here.