Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/14/14
Chicago Cubs (26-37) at Philadelphia Phillies (27-36)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Edwin Jackson (R) (4-6) (4.701) vs. David Buchanan (R) (1-3) (6.084)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -110 / Chicago Cubs +100 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs visit Citizen's Bank Park to square off with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.
When Chicago was hot a week or so ago both their pitching and hitting were on the same page. That's the recipe for success for any team but the Cubs need both to perform well as neither is strong enough to win by their lonesome. The pitching wasn't enough Thursday in a 4-0 defeat at Pittsburgh that saw Jeff Samardzija giving up all four runs on nine hits through six innings pitched. That was too much for the offense that posted seven hits with Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney logging a pair of hits each. The Cubs kick off their series with Jake Arrieta on the bump. Arrieta has been a strong contributor to the rotation with a 1-1 record and 2.50 ERA in 36 innings.
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As a Phillies fan I was aware the Phillies weren't going to make any significant changes to the lineup which made the offseason difficult because my gut told me this wasn't going to be a good 2014. It hasn't been a good season but it has been a good three days with the Phils sweeping San Diego after a 7-3 decision on Thursday. Kyle Kendrick was strong on the hill with two runs plated on seven hits through six innings to snag his second win. The bats totaled ten hits and a trio of BB with John Mayberry going deep and knocking in three while Reid Brignac doubled in two more. The Phillies turn to Roberto Hernandez on the mound who looks to rebound from some recent struggles. Over his last three Hernandez is 0-2 with an ERA of six in 15 innings of work.
If Arrieta throws well the Phillies are in trouble because I don't like the way Hernandez is throwing. I'm going with the home team to keep their little run going but it could be more of a homer call then anything...