The PHILADELPHIA and the CHICAGO CUBS will both be gunning for a victory on 5/20/2019 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
PHILADELPHIA vs CHICAGO CUBS
GAME: Philadelphia Phillies (27-19) at Chicago Cubs (27-17)
DATE/TIME: Monday, May 20 – 8:05 PM EST
WHERE: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, NBCS Philadelphia, NBCS Chicago
PREDICTION: Phillies 4, Cubs 2
Oddsmakers currently have the CHICAGO CUBS listed as -130 point favorites versus the PHILADELPHIA, while the game’s total is sitting at .
The Philadelphia Phillies rebounded from a three-game losing streak with three straight wins and their highest-paid player is on the upswing as they visit the Chicago Cubs on Monday for the opener of a four-game series between division leaders. Bryce Harper went 5-for-12 to push his batting average to .235, recording two two doubles, two homers and six RBIs as the Phillies swept a three-game set from Colorado over the weekend.
“He has the ability to transcend the game,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler told reporters of Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million contract in the offseason. “When he’s on, he’s just so captivating and so charismatic. The work that he does to get back where he got today is notable. It doesn’t happen by accident. He puts a lot of work into it.” Jake Arrieta takes a 30-14 record and 2.31 ERA in 59 games at Wrigley Field into his first matchup with his former team, while the Cubs counter with the struggling Yu Darvish. Chicago improved to 10-1-1 in its last 12 series with a 6-5 victory at Washington on Sunday as Anthony Rizzo belted a solo homer while Kris Bryant knocked in his sixth run in three contests. Willson Contreras is 7-for-15 with four RBIs over his last four games for the Cubs while Albert Almora Jr. is 7-for-16 with a pair of homers and six runs scored in his last five contests.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.02 ERA) vs. Cubs RH Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14)
Arrieta looks to end his three-game winless streak after giving up nine runs – eight earned – over 11 innings in his last two outings – both losses. The 33-year-old TCU product, who won the National League Cy Young Award with the Cubs in 2015, served up a season-high three homers at Kansas City on May 10 before keeping the ball in the park against Milwaukee on Wednesday, when he permitted five runs over six frames. Jason Heyward is 6-for-18 with a homer versus Arrieta.
Darvish struck out a season-high 11 batters while allowing two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against Cincinnati on Wednesday. The 32-year-old native of Japan, who is 0-1 with a 6.38 ERA at home this season, did not issue a walk in his last outing after handing out 22 free passes over his previous five turns. Odubel Herrera is 3-for-6 with a double against Darvish, who is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA in two career games versus the Phillies.
1. Chicago SS Javier Baez (.319, 11 homers, 31 RBIs) left Sunday’s game with a heel contusion.
2. Philadelphia SS Jean Segura has hit safely in 10 straight contests, going 15-for-41 during that stretch.
3. Heyward recorded two hits and scored twice on Sunday after going 2-for-35 over his previous eight games.
PREDICTION: Phillies 4, Cubs 2