Phillies vs. Cubs Thursday Prediction
The Phillies and Cubs will wrap up their series from Wrigley Field this afternoon at 2:20 p.m. ET. What’s the best play on the board for bettors when Aaron Nola and Jon Lester meet in the pitching matchup?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, May 23, 2019
2:20 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 66% of the betting tickets are on the Cubs to beat the Phillies on the moneyline.
Philadelphia Phillies Fantasy Spin
Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-5 and hit his seventh homer Wednesday against the Cubs. McCutchen has a couple of homers and seven RBI in his last six games. Runs scored figures to be his best category this year, but he'll do a little bit of everything, except maybe hitting for average.
Chicago Cubs Fantasy Spin
Albert Almora hit his first career grand slam Wednesday in the Cubs' 8-4 victory over the Phillies. Almora took Cole Irvin deep in the fifth for his fifth homer of the year. All five of those homers have come since April 25, and he's hit .337 in 83 at-bats during that span. He'll probably continue to be an up-and-down player for the Cubs; he looks good with the singles are falling, but since he doesn't walk and his power is pretty limited, he needs to hit something close to .300 to be an asset offensively
MLB Betting Trends
The Phillies are 17-35 in their last 52 road games.
The Cubs have won 24 of their last 33 games overall.
The Cubs are a perfect 4-0 in Lester’s last four starts versus the Phillies, who are now 1-4 in their last five games versus Chicago and 1-4 in their last five games played at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have also been profitable when Lester takes the mound, winning 64 of his last 94 starts overall and posting a 39-14 record in his last 53 home starts.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -120