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May 16, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs Odds

18-19TEAM RECORD15-21

The Chicago Cubs host Philadelphia on Wednesday, looking to build on their 15-21 mark against the 18-19 Phillies in MLB betting action at Wrigley Field.

Matt Garza gets the call for the Chicago Cubs and he will try to build on a 2-1 mark. In the other dugout, Kyle Kendrick brings a 0-2 ledger to the game for the Phillies as he tries to quiet the Cubs bats.

View Philadelphia vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 9 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Phillies sit at a National League No. 7 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has the National League's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 8.4 hits per game. The Phillies average 9 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the National League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 11-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Phillies own the National League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 4-3 winner at home against the Astros. Bettors on Philadelphia at -215 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Phillies hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Cliff Lee struck out 10 batters in 4-3 victory on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Cubs were a 7-6 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -165 on the moneyline, while the total score (13) was good news for OVER bettors. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Cardinals, who beat them 7-6 on Tuesday behind a start from Kyle Lohse at Busch Stadium.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 2-8
After a loss are 9-1

A few Phillies at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 11 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Chi Cubs, Thursday, May 17

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