John Lackey (4-2, 3.38 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (33-14) go up against Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.75 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (26-23) in the last of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 4-1, and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 29 and will air on CSPh and WGN.
In his last start, Lackey pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. Ben Zobrist (.354, 35 Rs, 6 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. The Phillies were also unsuccessful the last time Velasquez pitched. He tossed 4.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out two and walking two in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers. Odubel Herrera (.328, 28 Rs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -200 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
The previous two games have all gone Chicago's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 18-4, while Philadelphia is 9-11.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Cubs have a 13-2 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 3-10. The Phillies have a 6-17 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Philadelphia has hit 36 this season. Chicago ranks 12th with 56 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.71 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 with 8.83.
Ranking 28th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.655). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .790.
When the Phillies allow at least one home run, they are 9-18. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 13-10 record.