Cubs vs Phillies Prediction - MLB Picks 5/20/23

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

Game Info: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 4:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Aaron Nola (3-3) (4.53) vs Jameson Taillon (0-2) (6.29)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Phillies -172 / Chicago Cubs +135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies face off on Saturday in an MLB showdown at Citizens Bank Park. On Friday it was the Cubs that were able to secure the 10-1 victory. 

Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs sit with a 20-24 record overall and on Friday the offense scored ten runs on the way to the victory. Nico Hoerener finished with three hits and four runs. The Cubs are averaging 4.91 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.3 runs per game. The offense is ranked 10th while the pitching is ranked 11th. Patrick Wisdom has hit 12 home runs and driven in 23 RBIs. On the mound for the Cubs will be Jameson Taillon who sits with an 0-2 record and an ERA of 6.66. In his last start against the Pirates he went 4.2 innings giving up seven hits and four runs. 

Phillies Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Phillies who sit with a 20-24 record overall and on Friday the offense only managed a run. The Phillies are averaging 4.18 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.05 runs per game. The offense has been ranked 22nd while the pitching has been ranked 234th. There have been a lot of expectations surrounding this team, but they have been nothing but a disappointment. 

Cubs vs Phillies Trends

Phillies are 8-2 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game. Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. Cubs are 0-6 in Taillons last 6 starts.Cubs are 0-6 in Taillons last 6 starts on grass. Phillies are 0-5 in their last 5 overall.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Phillies offense struggled on Friday, but this game is going to be different. Taillon gets the start for the Cubs and he has been awful this year sitting with an ERA of 6.66. Look for the Phillies to score five or six runs off him alone, and the Cubs offense won’t be as strong here. Back the Phillies on the money line. 

Shane’s Pick Phillies ML

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