Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/4/14
Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) at Chicago Cubs (0-2)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Fausto Carmona (R) (0-0) (0.00) vs. Travis Wood (L) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -118 / Philadelphia Phillies +108 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Philadelphia, WGN
The Philadelphia Phillies travel to Wrigley Field to open a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs.
As a Philadelphia fan I know that anytime Kyle Kendrick throws well the game has to go in the win column. He did and they lost. Kendrick allowed a single run on five hits over seven frames before Jonathan Papelbon blew the save and took the loss with three runs plated on four hits and two BB in 1/3 of an inning. I'm wondering how he even managed an out and he will be reminded of this when he shows up in Philadelphia...trust me. The bats posted nine hits and a trio of BB with Ryan Howard going deep for the first time and driving in a pair. Roberto Hernandez makes his Philadelphia debut after spending 2013 with Tampa Bay. Hernandez had 32 appearances with 24 starts while going 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA.
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After opening 2014 with a pair of excruciating one run defeats to Pittsburgh on the road the Cubs gave the Pirates a taste of their own medicine with a 3-2 victory in the finale' of their series on Thursday afternoon. The good news is the pitching of newcomer Jason Hammel was outstanding with one run given up on only two hits and a free pass over 6.2 frames while striking out five. The bad news is the offense has sputtered through three contests with a seven hit, one walk attack. The Cubbies scored in each of the first three innings with Milt connecting on his first bomb while Emilio Bonifacio posted two hits, stole a base and scored twice. Left hander Travis Wood gets the nod versus Philadelphia in the season opener at Wrigley Field. Even though his won/loss record wasn't impressive at 9-12, his 3.10 ERA in 200 innings says he didn't enjoy a ton of run support.
I don't know how either team is going to perform in the short term as we need time to see everyone in action but runs seem to be precious for both squads. I think the Cubs can win this with Wood but hopefully the Phils do some scoring...