The Philadelphia Phillies (19-19) and Chicago Cubs (15-22) will continue a National League series on Thursday night at Wrigley Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 ET
Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs
Philadelphia has won four games in a row to move back to .500 on the season for the first time since May 3. The Phillies entered the game swinging hot bats over the previous 21 contests, hitting .274 with 68 extra-base hits and 99 runs scored over that span. One of the main threats in the lineup is catcher Carlos Ruiz, who leads all players at that position with a .343 batting average, while compiling five multi-hit games in May. Philadelphia is 16-12 against right-handed starters, with the “over” going 16-11 in that situation.
Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20 ERA) has watched the club drop five consecutive games with him on the mound, as he looks to end a three-game losing streak of his own. The right-hander suffered a 2-1 home loss to the San Diego Padres last time out, giving up two runs and seven hits over seven frames. He will be making his fifth road start of the year, bringing in a 2-1 record and 3.81 ERA, while surrendering just a single home run over 28.1 frames. In six career games versus the Cubs, Halladay is a dismal 1-5 with a 3.75 ERA, including a 5-1 home loss on April 27.
Chicago is now 12-11 in its last 23 games after suffering a 9-2 home setback to Philadelphia last night, as the team’s bullpen is now 5-11 on the season. The Cubs’ bats have been heating up as well over the previous five games, hitting .277 with six home runs and 29 runs scored, but the club has managed to score just 61 runs in its 22 losses this year. Chicago is 6-9 in night games, and 14-17 versus right-handed starters.
Cubs starting pitcher Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92 ERA) has yet to lead the team to a win this season through seven starts, coming off an 8-2 road defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers last time out. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.29 ERA in four home outings, as opponents are hitting .272 against him. In 13 career outings versus the Phillies, Volstad has compiled a 2-5 record and 5.89 ERA, which includes a no-decision effort in a 6-4 road loss on April 30. He allowed four runs and eight hits over six frames in that contest.
Bettors will likely back the Phillies due to their 11-2 record in Halladay’s last 13 starts as a road favorite of -151 to -200, while the Cubs are 0-7 in Volstad’s last seven starts as an underdog.
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -168
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