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Matt Garza out to silence Phillies bats in MLB contest

Philadelphia PhilliesChicago Cubs
July 19, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs Odds

59-36TEAM RECORD39-58

Philadelphia pays a visit to Chicago on Tuesday, hoping to shut down the Cubs bats in baseball action at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will rely on Matt Garza to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Cliff Lee will be his counterpart for the Phillies. Matt Garza is 4-7 this season, and Cliff Lee is 9-6.

View Philadelphia vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 135 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 999 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 13 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Phillies, who rate a National League No. 1 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 4.1 runs per game, against a Phillies offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 9 hits per game to date this season, more than the Phillies hitters have managed (8.5 per nine innings).

Chicago owns the National League's No. 15 defense, allowing 5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Philadelphia's National League No. 1-rated defense.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 6-1 loser on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Chicago at +188 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Philadelphia suffered a 6-1 loss against Chicago on Monday, as Roy Halladay wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Wrigley Field.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 2-8
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a loss are 10-0

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a win are 1-9

A few Phillies at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 11 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia at Chi Cubs, Wednesday, July 20

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