Phillies vs. Cubs Wednesday Prediction
The Phillies and Cubs will continue their series from Wrigley Field on Wednesday night when the National League rivals meet at 8:05 p.m. ET. With Cole Irvin set to take on Cole Hamels in the pitching matchup, what’s the best bet on the board?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Wednesday, May 22, 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, 73% of the betting tickets are on the Cubs to beat the Phillies on the moneyline.
Philadelphia Phillies Fantasy Spin
Juan Nicasio retired just one batter and blew a save Tuesday against the Cubs. Nicasio earned his first save of the season Monday with a scoreless 10th inning and the Phillies went back to him in this one as they tried to protect a one-run lead. It didn't happen, as Nicasio walked Kris Bryant to lead off the frame and then gave up a double to Anthony Rizzo. After a flyout and intentional walk, Nicasio was slow to field a dribbler to the mound, allowing the tying run to score. He then gave up a walk-off single to pinch-hitter Javy Baez. Hector Neris was seemingly unavailable for this one after he pitched an inning Monday and appeared in back-to-back games over the weekend. Nicasio had been pitching well lately, but Neris is still the one to own in this bullpen.
Chicago Cubs Fantasy Spin
Javier Baez (heel) hit a pinch-hit walk-off RBI single in the Cubs' defeat of the Phillies on Tuesday. Baez was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day with a heel contusion, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon called his number with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and the star shortstop delivered with a liner to right off Juan Nicasio that plated Anthony Rizzo for the winning run. Baez is slashing .323/.362/.597 with 32 RBI in 45 games this season for the current leaders of the National League Central.
MLB Betting Trends
The Phillies are 12-2 in their last 14 games when playing the third game of a series.
The Cubs have won 12 of their last 15 games at home when facing a team with a winning record.
The Cubs are 7-1 in Hamels’ last eight starts and are 7-3 in his last 10 outings at Wrigley Field. The over is 23-9 in their last 32 games overall, is 12-4 in their last 16 games at Wrigley and have won 15 of 22 when following a victory in their previous game. Meanwhile, the Phillies are now just 3-9 in their last 12 games played at Wrigley Field and 2-5 in their last seven games versus the Cubs overall. Philly has dropped four of its last five road games versus a left-handed starter as well.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -161