Aaron Harang (5-15, 5.02 ERA) and Dan Haren (9-9, 3.73 ERA) take the hill in the last of a five-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (54-88) and the Chicago Cubs (82-58) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 7-5 and Chicago leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 13 and can be seen on WGN and CSPh.
Harang pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out six and walking three in a 7-2 defeat to the Braves. Jeff Francoeur (.273, 32 Rs, 12 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Haren went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 9-0 win over the Cardinals in his last outing. Kris Bryant (.271, 78 Rs, 24 HRs, 90 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds for Philadelphia and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. The Phillies are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 389. Philadelphia's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.6 runs per game, well above its season average of 5.2.
Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is the best in the NL. The Cubs capitalize on their at-bats at a high percentage, leading the league with a .243 team batting average. Chicago's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL, with a 3.54 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season. The Cubs have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.4 strikeouts per road game.
The Phillies lead the season series, 4-2. Harang (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cubs, who have a 65-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 33-23, while Philadelphia is 28-41.
The Cubs managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Phillies who are heading in with a 16-14 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Phillies are 32-15. The Cubs have a 54-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 548 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 601.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 332 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 486.
The Phillies are 37-41 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 58-26 when they hit at least one homer.