Cubs vs Phillies Prediction - MLB Picks 5/19/23

Philadelphia Phillies (20-23) vs Chicago Cubs (19-24)

Game Info: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Ranger Suarez (0-0) (6.75) vs Marcus Stroman (2-4) (3.24)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -130 / Chicago Cubs +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will play the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Cubs Preview

The Chicago Cubs are 19-24 this season and they have lost five games in a row. Chicago is coming off of a series loss to Houston, where they lost all three games in the series. The Chicago pitching staff has a 4.13 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a .240 opponent batting average this season. The Cubs offense has scored 206 runs with a .266 batting average and a .340 on base percentage. Ian Happ is batting .303 with four home runs and 19 RBI’s for the Cubs. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Marcus Stroman, who is 2-4 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 50.0 innings pitched this year. 

Phillies Preview

The Philadelphia Phillies are 20-23 this season and they have lost four games in a row. Philadelphia is coming off of a series loss to San Francisco, where they lost all three games. The Philadelphia pitching staff has a 4.63 ERA, a 1.32 WHIP, and a .250 opponent batting average. The Phillies offense has scored 183 runs with a .261 batting average and a .322 on base percentage this year. Nick Castellanos is batting .304 with five home runs and 25 RBI’s for the Phillies. The projected starting pitcher for Philadelphia is Ranger Suarez, who is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP over 4.0 innings pitched this season. 

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Chicago is 17-4 in their last 21 Friday games and 16-6 in their last 22 game one’s of a series. The over is 8-0 in Chicago’s last 8 games. Philadelphia is 36-16 in their last 52 Friday games and 39-18 in their last 57 home games. The under is 5-1-1 in Philadelphia’s last 7 games. Chicago is 6-0 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings.


Both of these teams come into this game on a losing streak and both pitching staffs have struggled in recent games. Chicago is starting Marcus Stroman, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. Philadelphia is starting Ranger Suarez, who struggled in his first start of the year against Colorado. I like the Cubs with Stroman on the mound in this game. 

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