Jon Lester (6-3, 2.29 ERA) takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs (39-16) as they meet Adam Morgan (1-4, 7.07 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (28-29) in the first of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 6 and will air on CSPh, CSCh and ESP2.
In his last start, Morgan pitched 6.0 innings, allowing six runs and striking out six in a 7-2 loss to the Nationals. Odubel Herrera (.317, 32 Rs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 7 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 4 for 5 with two runs and one stolen base. The Cubs were victorious over the Dodgers 2-1 the last time Lester pitched. He went 9.0 innings, allowing one run and striking out 10.
The odds are Cubs -250 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
So far this season, the Cubs are 3-0 against the Phillies.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Phillies are 14-5. The Cubs are 7-7 in close games this season.
The Phillies are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 13 strikeouts. The Cubs have a record of 2-2 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Phillies are 6-22. 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 48 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half at 13th with 66.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.58 per game. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 8.47.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.659). Chicago ranks in the top five with an OPS of .775.
When the Cubs allow at least one home run, they are 17-11. When the Phillies allow one or more homers, they have a 10-24 record.