Phillies vs. Cubs Monday Prediction
The Cubs held on to a 6-5 victory last night in D.C. and on Monday night Chicago will open a new home series with the Phillies starting at 8:05 p.m. ET. Will the Cubs beat their former teammate Jake Arrieta tonight?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, May 20, 2019
8:05 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 54% of the betting tickets are on the Cubs to beat the Phillies on the moneyline.
Philadelphia Phillies Fantasy Spin
Bryce Harper went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and three total RBI in Sunday's win over the Rockies. Harper teamed up with J.T. Realmuto for a game-changing sixth inning. The Phillies entered the frame trailing 5-3 before a pinch-hitting Realmuto mashed a two-run homer to tie matters up. A few batters later, it was Harper's turn to play hero with a two-run homer of his own, one which bumped the Phillies to a 7-5 advantage which they would hold through to the end of the game. While it has been something of a trying start to the year for the big money outfielder -- Harper is slashing just .235/.371/.476 in 166 at-bats -- he has shown real signs that he is about to take off in earnest. Over his last five games, he has gone 7-for-20 with three doubles and two home runs (those two home runs coming in back-to-back contests this weekend).
Chicago Cubs Fantasy Spin
Anthony Rizzo clubbed his 11th home run of the season on Sunday night, powering the Cubs to a 6-5 victory over the Nationals. Rizzo victimized right-hander Jeremy Hellickson for his solo shot in the third inning, increasing the Cubs' early advantage to 3-0. He also walked in the ballgame, finishing the evening 1-for-4. The 29-year-old has definitely stepped up his game offensively in recent weeks, hitting .308 (20-for-65) with seven homers and 16 RBI over his last 16 ballgames.
MLB Betting Trends
The Phillies are just 36-75 in their last 111 road games when facing an opponent with a home winning percentage greater than .600.
The Cubs have won 17 of their last 22 games when facing an opponent with a winning record.
The Phillies are just 1-5 in their last six games at Wrigley Field and are 1-4 in their last five meetings with the Cubs overall. Philadelphia has also dropped four of Arrieta’s last five starts and are 1-4 in his last five road outings as well. On the other side, the Cubs have won five of their last six games at home, are 22-8 in their last 30 games overall and have won 15 of 21 following a win.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -130