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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick- 8/6/13

Chicago Cubs (49-62) at Philadelphia Phillies (50-61)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Edwin Jackson (R) (7-11) (4.647) vs. Kyle Kendrick (R) (9-8) (4.294)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -137 / Chicago Cubs +127 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, CSN-Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs face off on Tuesday in Philadelphia for game one of their series.

It has been a rough and disappointing year for the Philadelphia Phillies as they just haven’t been in the mix in the National League East. The Phillies are 1-9 in their last 10 games, 27-25 at home this season, and they are 15.5 games back in the NL East standings. As a team the Phillies are hitting .251 with Darin Ruf hitting .299, Michael Young hitting .273, and Domonic Brown hitting .271. As a team the Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.24 with the starters at 4.21 and the bullpen at 4.29. For game one against the Cubs the Phllies start Kyle Kendrick who has been roughed up in two of his last three starts. For the season Kendrick has allowed 149 hits and 66 earned runs while striking out 82 over 138.1 innings for a 9-8 record and a 4.29 ERA.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs Free Pick- 8/6/13

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The Chicago Cubs continue to build for next season but since the trade deadline scoring runs has been an issue for them. The Cubs are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 26-29 on the road, and they are 18 games behind the leaders in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .242 with Junior Lake hitting .333, Dioner Navarro hitting .291, and Nate Schierholtz hitting .268. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.89 with the starters at 3.74 and the bullpen at 4.21. For game one against the Phillies the Cubs start Edwin Jackson who has won four of his last five decisions. For the season Jackson has allowed 125 hits and 63 earned runs while striking out 101 over 122 innings for a 7-11 record and a 4.65 ERA.

Philadelphia is 3-13 in their last 16 games, 0-4 at home against a right-handed starter, and 1-4 in Kendrick’s last four starts against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 4-1 in their last five road games, 1-4 following an off day, and 5-1 in Jackson’s last six starts. Chicago is 2-5 in their last seven games in Philadelphia.

Neither of these teams seem to be able to put runs on the board so my first free pick here is on the under. My second FREE PICK is on the winning side and I will give out that FREE PICK on the Tuesday 1stQuarter Podcast.

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