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MLB BASEBALL

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Wrigley Field.

The Phillies will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Roy Halladay in this game. Halladay has a 3-4 record and a 7.81 ERA this season.

Halladay's opponent in this one will be Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs righthander has a 4.03 ERA to go along with a 8-11 record this season.

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.

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.

Team records:
Philadelphia: 61-73 SU
Chicago: 56-77 SU

Philadelphia most recently:
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 most recently:
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 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's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi Cubs's last 15 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Chi Cubs home to Philadelphia, Saturday, August 31