Phillies vs. Cubs Thursday Prediction
The Philadelphia Phillies will send Nick Pivetta to the hill on Thursday in their matinee matchup with Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs. Will the Phillies pull off another upset?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, June 7, 2018
2:20 p.m. ET, Wrigley Field
TV: PHI (CSP); CHC (CSNC)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Cubs as a -135 favorite. As of this writing, 55% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cubs to beat the Phillies on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Phillies' Pivetta allows three runs in four innings in last start
Nick Pivetta yielded three runs in four innings Friday in a loss to the Giants. Pivetta had a nearly 5:1 K:BB ratio coming into this one (67/14 in 58 IP), but he walked as many as he struck out (three) tonight and also hit a batter for the first time in six weeks. That doesn't seem particularly encouraging, especially with the Cubs coming up next, but it's still worth sticking with him in mixed leagues for now.
Cubs' Chatwood struggles with his command vs. Mets
Tyler Chatwood struggled with his command again on Friday, issuing four walks over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits in the ballgame while striking out three. Chatwood now sports a 4.02 ERA and cringe-inducing 1.73 WHIP across 53 2/3 innings on the season. Fantasy owners would be wise to keep him on the pine if possible for Thursday's matchup against the Phillies.
MLB Betting Trends
The under is 4-1-1 in Pivetta's last six road starts and is 8-3-1 in his last 12 outings overall.
The over is 5-1 in Chatwood's last six starts overall and is 4-1-1 in his last six home outings.
The Phillies are a good play again as an underdog. They're 12-4 in Pivetta's last 16 starts, are 7-1 in his last eight starts versus a team with a winning record and have won four of his last five starts when he pitches the third game of a series. On the other side, the Cubs are struggling at home and are winless in their last six games played at Wrigley Field when they take on a right-handed starter.
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies +115