Halladay favored vs Cubs Thursday
The Chicago Cubs host Philadelphia on Thursday, looking to build on their 15-22 mark against the 19-19 Phillies in MLB betting action at Wrigley Field.
Chicago hands the ball to starter Chris Volstad in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-5 mark on the year. Philadelphia counters with Roy Halladay, who will try to quiet the fans and the Cubs bats at the same time.
Sportsbooks suchs TopBet had set the Cubs as +163 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under was set open late for bettors, just as is the case for all games at windy Wrigley.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cubs at No. 9 in the National League and the Phillies at No. 7 in the National League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 13-rated National League offense, averaging 3.7 runs per game, against a Phillies defense that ranks No. 7 in the National League at 3.8 in runs allowed per game. The Cubs have averaged 8.2 hits per game so far, less than Phillies batters have averaged on the year (9.1 hits per game).
Chicago owns the National League's No. 12 defense, allowing 4.4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Philadelphia's National League No. 7-rated defense.
In their last action, Philadelphia was a 9-2 winner on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Philadelphia at +148 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Phillies grabbed a win last time out, defeating Matt Garza and the Cubs 9-2 on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 9-1
After a win are 4-6
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2
A few Phillies at Cubs trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games when playing Chi Cubs
Philadelphia is 8-3 SU in their last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Philadelphia home to Boston, Friday, May 18
Chi Cubs home to Chi White Sox, Friday, May 18