Phillies Mired in Three-Game Skid
The Philadelphia Phillies try to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the host Chicago Cubs in the second of a three-game series on Wednesday night. Philadelphia dropped the opener and is 1½ games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.
Chicago has won six of its last seven and is in third place in the NL Central standings. This game could go either way, so read our in-depth preview of the contest to help you with your betting online.
Phillies Need Turnaround in a Hurry
The Philadelphia Phillies are hitting a slump at the wrong time with a playoff berth within their sights. Philadelphia Phillies needs to hold off the Milwaukee Brewers for the final Wild Card spot in the National League, but it has dropped three straight and is on the road for the rest of the regular season, where the team is 36-36.
Right-hander Aaron Nola will try to help turn things around when he makes his 31st start on Wednesday. Nola is 10-12 with a 3.28 ERA, striking out 218 (fifth in the majors) in 192⅓ innings. He’s coming off a win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday in which he pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out eight and walking three.
Designated hitter Bryce Harper drove in the only Philadelphia run in Tuesday’s loss with a double. Harper is batting .292 with 28 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs, 62 RBIs and 62 runs scored in 91 games.
Outfielder Kyle Schwarber was 0-for-4 against his former team on Tuesday, a stark contrast to his two-homer game on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. Schwarber leads the National League with 42 home runs, hitting .212 with 20 doubles, two triples, 87 RBIs and 93 runs scored.
Cubs Enjoying Spoiler Role
The Chicago Cubs have been eliminated from the playoff race for a while now, but they’re still fighting for wins against teams trying to get into the postseason party. Pitcher Marcus Stroman was enjoying that role on Tuesday night, earning the win in the Cubs’ victory that kept the Philadelphia Phillies’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot at eight.
“If we can do that, awesome,” Stroman said after Tuesday’s win about playing the role of spoiler. “If not, cheers to the Phillies on their playoff run.”
Right-hander Hayden Wesneski will take the ball for the start in Wednesday’s game, his third in the majors and fifth overall appearance of his rookie campaign. The 24-year-old is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA, striking out 24 in 22 innings. He was solid in getting a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, going 6⅓ innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking two.
Outfielder Christopher Morel had a home run in Tuesday’s victory for the Cubs. The rookie is batting .238 with 18 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 54 runs scored.
Phillies vs Cubs Head-To-Head
The Chicago Cubs are a perfect 4-0 against the Philadelphia Phillies this season heading into the final two games of this series. Chicago Cubs has already clinched its first season series win against Philadelphia since the 2018 campaign.
The Phillies went 3-1 at Wrigley Field in 2021, their first winning record in a season at the venue since 2015. A glance at the MLB lines for Wednesday’s second game of the series shows the visitors are expected to pick up their first win against Chicago.
Phillies vs Cubs Game Information
- Game: Phillies (83-70) vs Cubs (68-86)
- Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:40 p.m. ET
- Phillies vs Cubs Live stream: MLB.tv
Phillies vs Cubs Betting Lines
A. Nola -R
H. Wesneski -R
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Phillies vs Cubs Prediction
The Philadelphia Phillies need to turn things around in a hurry, and they should be able to do that against the Chicago Cubs with Nola on the mound. Chicago is playing well of late, but the Phillies should come away with the victory on Wednesday.
When doing your MLB betting, take Philadelphia to win on the road.