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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick 8/31/13

Philadelphia Phillies (62-73) at Chicago Cubs (56-78)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Cliff Lee (L) (11-6) (3.073) vs. Chris Rusin (L) (2-3) (2.639)

The Line: Chicago Cubs +137 / Philadelphia Phillies -147 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Philadelphia, CSN-Chicago

The Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies meet on Saturday for game two of their series at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs appeared headed for victory on Friday in game one of their series against the Phillies, but Philadelphia had other plans and they dumped the Cubbies. Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz both hit home runs and Starlin Castro and Dioner Navarro each had two hits as the Cubs scored five runs on 10 hits. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzjia allowed eight hits and five runs, while striking out six over 6.2 innings to not factor in the decision and Kevin Gregg took the loss to fall to 2-4 on the season. For Saturday’s game, the Cubs start Christopher Rusin, who has lost three of his last four decisions. For the season, Rusin has allowed 41 hits and 13 earned runs, while striking out 26 over 44.1 innings for a 2-3 record and a 2.64 ERA.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick 8/31/13

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The Philadelphia Phillies have been the comeback kids and they did it again on Friday, coming from behind to beat the Cubs. Michael Young had four hits, Kevin Frandsen had two hits, including a home run, and Chase Utley had a hit and two RBI’s, scored six runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Roy Halladay allowed seven hits and five runs, while striking out just one over 5.0 innings to not factor in the decision as B.J. Rosenberg got the win and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 23rd save. For Saturday’s game, the Phillies start Cliff Lee, who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season, Lee has allowed 158 hits and 61 earned runs, while striking out 164 over 178.2 innings for a 11-6 record and a 3.07 ERA.

Chicago is 8-23 in their last 31 games overall, 4-18 in their last 22 home games, and 1-4 in Rusin’s last five starts. Philadelphia is 13-25 in their last 38 games overall, 8-19 in their last 27 road games, and 2-5 in Lee’s last seven starts. Philadelphia is 6-1 in the last seven meetings of these two.

This game should belong to the defense and pitching and my free pick is the under. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will give that winning pick out in the Premium Area.

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