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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Picks, Predictions, Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Analysis

The Cubs will visit the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park for the first of a three-game set on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Chicago ranks fourth in the National League Central with records of 35-57 overall and 17-25 on the road, which trails the division leading Milwaukee Brewers by 14.5 games. The Phillies rank third in the National League East with records of 49-43 overall and 24-21 at home, which trails the division leading Mets by 8.5 games for the division lead.

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Prediction

The Cubs send LHP Justin Steele to the hill against Philadelphia’s sixth-ranked scoring offense on Friday night (4.68 RSPG), who’s having a decent sophomore campaign highlighted by his 4.15 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 17 starts; despite owning a lackluster record of 3-6 on the season.

On the other hand, the Phillies send RHP Kyle Gibson to the mound against Chicago’s 20th ranked scoring offense tonight (4.20 RSPG), who’s also having a solid campaign sitting 5-3 with a 4.35 ERA across 18 starts (1.20 WHIP), despite surrendering four runs or more in five of those outings (18.1 IP, 26 ER).

I’ll take the over here, as Gibson has surrendered three runs or more in five of his last eight starts for the Phillies (4.98 ERA, 1.20 WHIP); setting the stage for a relatively high-scoring battle with Steele taking the hill for Chicago, who’s yielded a 4.38 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across his last nine outings for the Cubs.

Score Prediction: Phillies 7, Cubs 5
Best Bet: Over 9 Runs (-110)

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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Odds

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies Betting Resources

  • Date: Friday, July 22, 2022
  • Matchup: NL Central vs. NL East
  • Venue: Citizens Bank Park
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Time-TV: 7:05 p.m. ET – MLB.tv

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Current Form

The fourth-place Cubs have now lost back-to-back series against the Orioles and the Mets. Against the Mets, Chicago couldn’t manage a single run in the first game of the series on Thursday. The first game with the New York was Chicago’s worst in the last six. They allowed a total of eight runs. Philadelphia fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0, but captured its series against the Marlins on Sunday. In the second contest against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies were in their best form in the last five games, not allowing the Miami Marlins to score a single run. Philadelphia cruised past the Miami Marlins on Saturday by plating 10 runs in the second of a game of the series.

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Pitching Matchup

Chicago: Justin Steele (3-6, 4.15 ERA)

Justin Steele will make his 17th start of the season for Chicago, who’s hoping to find some traction after posting a 3-6 record and 4.15 ERA thus far, while tallying a 1.41 WHIP, 37 walks, and 79 strikeouts across 82.1 innings of action. Chicago’s 27-year-old left-hander lost his last start, which came at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 13, 2022. He threw six innings, allowing four runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts in a 1-7 Cubs loss. Pitching on the road this season, Steele is 0-2 with a 5.86 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP, 11 walks and 37 strikeouts over 27.2 innings in six starts.

Philadelphia: Kyle Gibson (5-3, 4.35 ERA)

Philadelphia's Kyle Gibson toes the rubber for his 18th start of the season as he looks to improve on a 5-3 mark and 4.35 ERA. The right-hander has put together a 1.20 WHIP to go along with 80 strikeouts and 26 walks in 97.1 innings of work. The 34-year-old right-hander lifted the Phillies to win on the road over the Miami Marlins on July 15, 2022. Gibson tossed six innings in the 1-2 win by the Miami Marlins, while giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. In his nine home starts this season, Gibson is 4-1 with a 4.01 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP, 10 walks and 43 strikeouts over 51.2 innings of work.

Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Series History

The Phillies owned the 2021 regular season series, producing a 5-2 mark.

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