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Arrieta Looking To Bounce Back From Rare Bad Performance

Jake Arrieta accomplished something he had not done since August 2014 in his last start but you won’t hear him bragging about it. Arrieta allowed 10 hits and five runs while only lasting 4.1 innings in his most recent outing, which was the first time in 72 starts he did not last at least five innings. Arrieta aims to get back to his dominant ways when the Chicago Cubs continue their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of the Cubs' last 14 games.
  • The Phillies are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against the Cubs.
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Phillies' last 9 games on the road.

The Phillies will counter with Jerad Eickhoff, who is also coming off his worst outing of the year. The righty allowed nine hits and five runs and was yanked after 5.2 innings in his last start, an outing that caused his ERA to jump from 2.55 to 3.56. Eickhoff has struggled on the road with a 4.91 ERA away from Citizens Bank Park compared to 1.50 in Philly.

After a slow start, the Cubs have started mashing with at least one home run in 12 of their past 13 games. Kris Bryant has specifically found the pop in his bat with three home runs in the past five games compared to two through his first 21. The Phillies’ best hitter has been Cesar Hernandez, who is hitting a team-leading .324 while also pacing the club in OBP, hits and home runs.

Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Chicago Cubs sport a record of 14-12 heading into this matchup, while the Philadelphia Phillies sit at 12-13 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Philadelphia injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 4 (Chicago Cubs) and the No. 8 (Philadelphia Phillies) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Chicago Cubs No. 5 ranked offense (5.08 runs per game) against a Philadelphia Phillies defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 at 4.4 runs allowed per game. The Chicago Cubs have been averaging 8.88 hits per game, more than the Philadelphia Phillies have managed so far this season (8.52 hits on average).

Defensively, Philadelphia features the No. 13-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.29 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 at home, scoring 4.18 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
  • Philadelphia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 9 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of Chi Cubs's last 14 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games at home

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Philadelphia at Chicago, Thursday, May 4th

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