Phillies vs Cubs Series Odds Betting Preview: The Cubs have been a huge disappointment in the 2022 NL Central standings; while the Phillies find themselves hanging on to the last wild card spot. The best the Cubs can do is to play spoiler, but even that may be too much to ask.
The Cubs have been a huge disappointment in the 2022 NL Central standings; while the Phillies find themselves hanging on to the last wild card spot.
- Game: Philadelphia Phillies (83-69) at Chicago Cubs (67-86)
- Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
- Television: MARQ, NSPA
Phillies Hope to Lean on Nola One More Time
Continuing our Phillies vs Cubs Series Odds Preview, the Phillies are clinging to the last wild card spot over the Milwaukee Brewers by a game and a half with nine games to play. They can thank tonight’s starter, Aaron Nola, for allowing them to keep their head above water in September.
Nola is just 1-1 this month but his 2.08 ERA in four starts has allowed the Phils to win three of those games, including a huge 9-1 win over Atlanta, Friday. It hasn’t been an easy ride for the former LSU star who will have to win his last two starts to finish .500, something he has failed to do just once (2016) in his eight-year career.
His lack of success is a direct reflection of how little the Phillies offense typically does in support of their former all-star. In his 30 starts, Nola has enjoyed four runs or less 20 times. His 4.65 runs of support are skewed by three games that Philadelphia scored 10, 13, and 14 runs. 14 times the Phillies have scored three or fewer including four shutouts.
There is an indication that the bats are waking up for Nola. In his four September starts, the righty is receiving over five runs of support. Nola is 4-1 lifetime vs. Chicago. Don’t forget to check out all of the latest MLB standings 2022, right here.
Cubs Hoping to End a Dismal Season at Wrigley on High Note
Chicago has shown some life, winning six of their last seven games and four straight over the Phillies after Tuesday’s 2-1 win; however, much of their success has come away from home. The last time the Cubs won a home series was against the Milwaukee Brewers, over five weeks ago.
They will end the season with the most losses at home, 44 and counting, since 2013. With just five games at Wrigley left, the Cubs will likely end being a losing wager at home for the third straight season (88-99, -1927 units). Hayden Wesneski, who has been impressive in his first couple of starts, still needs to show that he can handle the better teams in the league after impressive starts against Colorado and Pittsburgh. The Cubs standings 2022 are certainly not what the fans in the windy city were hoping for.
The former Tampa Bay Rays (2016) and New York Yankees (2019) draft pick has yet to face a team over. 500. He’ll face a red-hot Bryce Harper who is hitting .536 (20-38) in his last 10 games against the Cubs. In addition to their 2022 success, the Cubbies are now 25-16 against Philadelphia (+918 units) since 2014. As an underdog in that span, Chicago is 14-9, +925 units.
Ticket Count Shows Betting Public is on the Over, Split on Side
Early wagering shows that the public is on the under (7) in this one, but professional money has pushed the money line up slightly. Opening at 7 (u -115) the number has moved slightly to a consensus, under -112. The side has the Phillies up to -200 at some spots after opening at -189.
Expect that to rise during the day despite 69% of the money coming in on Chicago so far. When the East Coast books numbers come in, expect to see Phillies money to dwarf the small amount brought in on the Cubs so far. The number rise is in anticipation of that. To conclude our Phillies vs Cubs series odds preview, our official recommendation is to play under a total of seven, which we think is a trap number.