Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs Prediction MLB Picks 7/3/24

Chicago Cubs (39-46) vs Philadelphia Phillies (55-29)

Game Info: Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)

Shota Imanaga (7-2) (3.07) vs Zack Wheeler (9-4) (2.73)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs +105 / Philadelphia Phillies -115 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action from Wrigley Field. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs Prediction.

Starting Pitching Matchup

The Philadelphia Phillies will send out Zack Wheeler for the start here and Wheeler is 9-4 with a 2.73 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. In his last five starts against the Cubs, Wheeler is 1-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 26 strikeouts. Shota Imanaga will get the start for the Cubs here and is 7-2 with a 3.07 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. This will be Imanaga’s first career start against the Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies Recap

The Philadelphia Phillies come into this one looking to build on their series-opening 6-4 win over the Cubs from Tuesday’s matchup. The win put the Phillies on the fast track to build on their series unbeaten run, which features a split with the Marlins last weekend as well as series wins over the Tigers and Diamondbacks over the last week and a half as well.

Phillies Trying To Keep Ball Rolling

Going into Tuesday’s matchup, Alec Bohm leads the Phillies with 95 hits including 28 doubles, a .300 batting average and a team-high 68 RBIs while Bryce Harper has 20 home runs with 58 RBIs and Bryson Stott has a team-high 20 stolen bases. Kyle Schwarber has a team-high 17 home runs, 49 RBIs and a team-high 103 strikeouts as well this season. Johan Rojas also has 15 stolen bases as well this season.

Why the Philadelphia Phillies will win

  • The Phillies have won each of their last six games against the Cubs.
  • The Cubs have lost each of their last six night games against National League opponents.
  • The road team has covered the run line in each of the last five games between the Phillies and Cubs.
  • The Cubs have failed to cover the run line in seven of their last eight home games against the Phillies following a loss.

Chicago Cubs Recap

The Chicago Cubs will try to bounce back after their loss to the Phillies to start the set on Tuesday. The loss was just another brick in the wall for the Cubs who have had series losses to the Brewers, Giants and Mets over the last week and a half.

Cubs Trying To Find Some Answers

Entering Tuesday’s action, Cody Bellinger leads the Cubs with 75 hits including 13 doubles, 9 home runs and 34 RBIs. Nico Hoerner has 70 hits, 14 doubles and a .248 batting average while Christopher Morel has a team-high 15 home runs and 45 RBIs. Michael Busch has 10 homers with 30 RBIs but has 93 strikeouts as well this season. Ian Happ also has a team-high 18 doubles with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs but also has 89 strikeouts this season.

Why the Chicago Cubs will win

  • The underdogs have won each of the Cubs' last four games at Wrigley Field.
  • The Phillies have lost four of their last five games as road favorites against NL Central opponents following a road win.
  • The Cubs have covered the run line in nine of their last 10 games as underdogs following a home loss.
  • The Phillies have failed to cover the run line in each of their last four road games following a road win.

Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs Prediction

Give me the Phillies. I’ve been an Imanaga fan for the better part of the season, but as much as I like Imanaga, he has to have run support and I don’t trust the Cubs to provide that enough to be able to back him up in this spot with Wheeler on the other side. The Phillies may be down Harper and Schwarber, but there’s still lots of pop in the Phillies’ lineup and I think Philadelphia ends up with another win here.

Chris’s Pick Philadelphia -115

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