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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick 9/1/13

Philadelphia Phillies (62-74) at Chicago Cubs (57-78)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)

Kyle Kendrick (R) (10-11) (4.400) vs. Jake Arrieta (R) (2-3) (5.912)

The Line: Chicago Cubs -105 / Philadelphia Phillies -105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phiilies meet on Sunday at Wrigley Field for game three of their series.

The Chicago Cubs dropped game one of their series against the Phillies on Friday, but on Saturday they were the ones who rallied for the win. Starlin Castro had two hits, including the game-winning home run, and Darwin Barney, Wellington Castillo, and Junior Lake all had hits as the Cubs scored four runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Chris Rusin allowed four hits and two runs, while striking out three to not get a decision as Carlos Vaillanueva got the win to go to 3-8 on the season and Kevin Gregg earned his 28th save. For Sunday’s game, the Cubs start Jake Arrieta, who is coming off of his first loss as a Cub in his last start. Since being traded to Chicago, Arrieta has allowed 15 hits and 11 earned runs, while striking out 17 over 22 innings for a 1-1 record and a 4.50 ERA.

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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Free Pick 9/1/13

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The Philadelphia Phillies appeared to have Saturday’s game in hand against the Cubs, but every time they got to the lead, the Cubs rallied back. Kevin Frandsen hit a home run, Michael Young had three hits, and Carlos Ruiz had a hit as the Phillies scored three runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Cliff Lee allowed nine hits and three runs, while striking out four over 5.0 innings to not get a decision and Zach Miner took the loss. For Sunday’s game, the Phillies start Kyle Kendrick, who has lost his last three decisions. For the season, Kendrick has allowed 187 hits and 81 earned runs, while striking out 95 over 165.2 innings for a 10-11 record and a 4.40 ERA.

Chicago is 9-23 in their last 32 games, 1-5 in their last six games as a home favorite, and 1-4 against the NL East. Philadelphia is 7-2 in their last nine games against a right-handed starter, 7-4 in their last 11 games, and 1-4 in Kendrick’s last five road starts. Philadelphia is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two.

As much as I think the Phillies are the better team, Kendrick isn’t the best option, so my pick here is a lean to the Cubs.

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