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Moneyline favors Cubs in battle with Phillies

Philadelphia PhilliesChicago Cubs
Aug 30, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs Odds

61-73TEAM RECORD56-77

The visiting Phillies hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

For the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, charged with keeping the Phillies hitters off the base paths. He'll face Roy Halladay, 3-4 on the year.

View Philadelphia vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Phillies were listed as +-110 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 999 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 12-ranked Cubs and the National League No. 14-rated Phillies in this matchup.

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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. 12-ranked scoring average of 3.8 runs per game, against a Phillies offense rated No. 14 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 8.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Phillies hitters have managed (8.4 per nine innings).

Chicago owns the National League's No. 10 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Philadelphia's National League No. 15-rated defense.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 11-3 loser as they battled the Mets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Mets at -107 were rewarded, while the 14 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Philadelphia didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 11-3 to New York on Thursday at Citi Field.

The Cubs were a 4-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Dodgers. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -200 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. Ricky Nolasco shut down the Cubs in their last game, striking out 11 in a 4-0 shutout over Chicago in baseball action at Dodger Stadium.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing NY Mets are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After playing LA Dodgers are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

A few Phillies at Cubs trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Philadelphia is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs' last 15 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Chi Cubs, Saturday, August 31