We are now at the stage of the season where getting on a roll can mean the difference between making the playoffs and going deep, or missing out altogether. The Chicago Cubs are essentially already in, but the way in which they are playing right now is serving notice to all the MLB betting favorites that they might be ready to make some noise. The Cubs next stop will be in Philadelphia, where they will face the Phillies in a 4-game series that begins on Thursday.
How to Bet on the Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies Opening MLB Lines & TV InfoDate/Time: Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:05 PM ETVenue: Citizens Bank ParkTV: CSNRadio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP, WTTM 1680 (Sp.)Opening Lines: Chicago -270, Philadelphia +245Jake Arrieta (18-6, 2.03 ERA) is on a 7-game winning streak, and has not given up an earned run in 4 straight starts.On paper, you would look at this 4-game series as a total mismatch, but these tend to be the types of series where good teams tend to relax a little too much. The Phillies (54-85) have certainly given the Cubs plenty of reasons to feel relaxed, as they are having a hard time finding wins at the moment. They did just snap a 5-game losing streak with a win over the Atlanta Braves, but that only took their record in the past 10 games to a pretty awful 3-7.When the Phillies do win, it tends to come against other MLB bottom feeders, which is just another reason why this series could turn ugly. Alec Asher (0-2, 10.61 ERA) has been as bad as the numbers suggest in his 2 starts for the Phillies so far.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs’s last 6 games
- Chi Cubs is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games
- Philadelphia is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia’s last 12 games at home