Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 22, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -147 / Philadelphia Phillies +125 -- O/U: Off
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs meet in game three of their four game set from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Wednesday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to rebound after suffering a 3-2 loss to the Cubs in game two on Tuesday. Andrew McCutchen accounted for both Phillies’ RBIs, while Jean Segura, Scott Kingery and Maikel Franco each had a double. Zach Eflin and Cesar Hernandez each had base hits as well in the losing effort as Philly cranked out just six hits as a team in defeat. Eflin allowed one run on six hits while walking four over six innings of work. Juan Nicasio took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year. Cole Irvin will start game three and is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Irvin’s first career start against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will look to build on their game two victory on Wednesday. Willson Contreras, Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. each had an RBI to round out Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win while Kris Bryant went 3 for 4 at the dish in the victory. Anthony Rizzo added a double of his own while Addison Russell, Mark Zagunis and David Bote each had base hits as well in the victory. Jose Quintana threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits while walking three and striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Kyle Ryan ended up with the win in relief to improve to 1-1 this season. Cole Hamels will start game three and is 4-0 with a 3.13 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. This will be Hamels’ first career start against Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games while the under is 8-2-1 in their last 11 road games against a left-handed starter. Chicago is 7-1 in Hamels’ last 8 starts and 15-6 in their last 21 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. Philadelphia is 3-8 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
Irvin has been solid in his first couple of starts for the Phillies, but I think the Cubs pose the toughest test to date for the rookie and he will be tasked with going shot for shot against Hamels, who has been lights out for the most part this season and the Cubs have won seven of his last eight starts. I just think Irvin is outmatched here, and the price on Hamels isn’t bad all things considered, so I’ll lay the juice with the Cubs in this spot.