Chicago Cubs (65-79) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (72-71)
September 14, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -182 / Chicago Cubs +155; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in MLB action from Citizens’ Bank Park on Tuesday night.
The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound from their 6-5 loss at the hands of the San Francisco Giants last time out. Ian Happ had a solo home run while David Bote had a double and an RBI. Nick Martini, Robinson Chirinos and Frank Schwindel each had an RBI to make up the scoring for the Cubs in the loss. Rafael Ortega had a pair of hits with a triple while Patrick Wisdom had a double and Alfonso Rivas added a base hit as well to cap off Chicago’s offense as a team in the loss. Justin Steele took the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year after allowing five runs on 11 hits while striking out four over five innings of work. Adrian Sampson will start here and is 0-2 with a 2.20 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to rebound from a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Rockies last time out. Bryce Harper had a solo home run while J.T. Realmuto had three hits with a double and an RBI and Aaron Nola added an RBI to try to help his own cause in the loss. Freddy Galvis and Jean Segura each had a base hit as well to finish off Philly’s offense in the losing effort. Nola allowed three runs on five hits with ten strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Hector Neris got the loss in relief to fall to 2-6 on the year as a result. Kyle Gibson will start here and is 10-6 with a 3.38 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season.
Chicago is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games following an off day. Philadelphia is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 games following an off day while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss.
I’m not a fan of either starting pitcher if I’m being 100% honest, but I do trust Kyle Gibson and the Phillies slightly more than Adrian Sampson and whatever the Cubs are trotting out right now. Sure, the Cubs pitcked up some wins lately, but the Phillies are the only team here with something to play for and the only team with their team in tact for the most part. Give me Philadelphia -1.5 here.