Vince Velasquez (5-2, 3.67 ERA) and John Lackey (6-2, 2.88 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (29-30) and the Chicago Cubs (40-17) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 3-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 8 and can be seen on CSPh and CSCh.
Velasquez pitched 4.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 6-3 win over the Brewers. Odubel Herrera (.319, 32 Rs, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Lackey went 6.2 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out nine and walking two in a 6-0 win over the Diamondbacks in his last outing. Anthony Rizzo (.260, 34 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The Cubs are a massive -180 road favorite for this getaway day contest with a total of 7.5.
Pick - Phi
The Cubs lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Phillies are 15-5. The Cubs are 7-8 in close games this season.
The Phillies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cubs have an 8-7 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-23. The Cubs have a 4-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 51 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 14th with 67.
Chicago tops the league in walks with 252 this season. Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 27th with 141.
When the Phillies hit at least one home run, they are 23-15. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 31-6 record.