Phillies vs. Cubs MLB Prediction
The Cubs snapped their 11-game losing streak on Wednesday night but will they earn a split in their series with the Phillies at 8:05 p.m. ET on Thursday night? Or is there a better play with the total in this series finale?
957 Philadelphia Phillies (-102) at 958 Chicago Cubs (-118); o/u 8
8:05 p.m. ET, Thursday, July 8, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Philadelphia Phillies DFS SPIN
Zach Eflin allowed just two runs in six strong innings to pick up a win Saturday against the Padres. Eflin was making his first start since being scratched from Thursday's start against the Marlins because of illness. It didn't begin well, as he allowed a two-run homer in the first to Manny Machado, but he was excellent from that point on, and didn't give up a run for the rest of the outing. Eflin has been frustrating in 2021, but results are like this are always possible. Just keep in mind the poor outings are going to happen more often than you'd like, too. Eflin will look to build on this outing Thursday against the Cubs.
Chicago Cubs DFS Spin
Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple Wednesday as the Cubs beat the Phillies 8-3 to snap an 11-game losing streak. Rizzo's triple was his third of the year. He struggled during the losing streak, going 5-for-27 with 14 strikeouts and also missing a few days with a sore back, but he's been the Cubs' steadiest hitter overall, batting .250/.343/.439 with 10 homers in 306 plate appearances.
Phillies vs. Cubs Betting Prediction
The over is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these two teams overall and is 5-0 in the last five meetings in Chicago. The over is also 5-1 in the Phillies’ last five road games, is 6-0 in their last six games versus the National League Central and is 5-1 in the Cubs’ last five games versus National League East opponents. The over has cashed in five of Chicago’s last six games versus a team with a losing record.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: PHILLIES/CUBS OVER 8