Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies Opening MLB Lines
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 Info
Date/Time: Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:05 PM ET
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP, WTTM 1680 (Sp.)
Opening Lines: Chicago -270, Philadelphia +245
We have written about these young Cubs (80-57) numerous times this season, with much of the conversation being about how their inexperience may end up being their downfall. It may final be time to put that type of talk to bed, as this looks like a team that is getting better as opposed to buckling under the pressure. They are on a 5-game winning streak, and have a chance to register back to back sweeps when they face the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday night. The fact that they have taken both games in Busch Stadium in surprising enough, but the way in which they have won is downright frightening to the teams that have the Cubs on their schedule.
They have outscored the Cards 17-5 in those two games, and have looked totally dominant against a team with the best record in baseball. Jake 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
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Forget about paper, this looks like it might well be a total massacre on the field. The Cubs bats are red hot right now, which is not a good sign for a pitcher with an ERA over 10.