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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.
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
Chi Cubs home to Philadelphia, Saturday, August 31