Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 14, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Phillies -115 / Chicago Cubs -105
The Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday.
The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound after losing the series opener on Tuesday by a final score of 4-2. Nick Castellanos went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Javier Baez had an RBI to cap off the Cubs’ scoring as a team in the losing effort. Kris Bryant had a double while Jonathan Lucroy and Albert Almora Jr. each chipped in a base hit as the Cubs had just five hits as a team in the loss. Jose Quintana gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out a whopping 14 batters over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Kyle Ryan took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year. Cole Hamels will start game two against his former team, and is 6-3 with a 3.09 ERA and 105 strikeouts this season. This will be Hamels’ second career start against Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Phillies will look to build some momentum after starting the series with a win on Tuesday. J.T. Realmuto went 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Roman Quinn went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI and Scott Kingery had a double and an RBI to finish off Philadelphia’s scoring as a team in the winning effort. Jean Segura went 2 for 3 with a double while Cesar Hernandez and Andrew Knapp each contributed base hits as well in the win. Jason Vargas allowed two runs on five hits while walking three over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Blake Parker got the win to improve to 2-2 on the year while Hector Neris closed out the 9th for his 21st save of the year. Aaron Nola will start game two and is 10-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 166 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nola is 2-1 with a 5.11 ERA and 29 strikeouts against the Cubs.
Chicago is 10-23 in their last 33 road games and 5-12 in their last 17 road games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL East. Philadelphia is 29-11 in Nola’s last 40 home starts and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 8-0 in their last 8 games against the NL Central. The over is 4-0 in Nola’s last 4 starts against the Cubs.
This is a vital series to both team’s playoff hopes and getting the Cubs in an underdog role is tempting. However, the Cubs continue to have issues on the road, and I’m not sure Hamels is all the way back yet after allowing five runs, four earned, in his last time up on the road against Cincinnati. Nola has had some bumpy outings lately, but he’s a better pitcher at home and the Phillies need to start taking advantage of situations like these or else they’re going to get passed in the standings as each day goes by. Getting the Phillies with their ace on the mound with a low line sounds like a good bet to me, so I’ll lay the juice with Philadelphia in this one.