Jon Lester (4-3, 2.60 ERA) starts for the Chicago Cubs (31-14) as they square off against Adam Morgan (1-2, 5.61 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (26-21) in the first of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 27 and can be seen on TCN and CSCh.
Lester pitched 2.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking three in a 5-3 defeat to the Giants. Ben Zobrist (.346, 34 Rs, 6 HRs, 31 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 3 for 5 with one run and two RBIs. Morgan went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking two in a 2-0 defeat to the Braves in his most recent start. Maikel Franco (.260, 13 Rs, 8 HRs, 26 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 Wednesday.
The odds for Philadelphia and Chicago are Cubs -300, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now.
SU Pick - Chc
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the fifth time this season.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Phillies have a 10-15 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Cubs are 3-10. The Phillies have a 6-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 29th when it comes to home runs, hitting 36 this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with 52.
Ranking first in walks, Chicago has earned 221 this season. Philadelphia ranks 27th with 116 walks.
The Cubs are 24-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Phillies are 20-9 when they hit at least one homer.