Hamels has pitched better of late and the Phillies should have the edge in MLB odds against the Cubs.
Baseball betting odds this season have favored the Cubs too often. Chicago has a poor team that has burned bettors all year. The Cubs still get respect though and bettors still like to bet on Chicago even though they are not a good team. The Phillies have the edge in this matchup on Saturday. Hamels is 7-7 on the season with a 3.78 ERA. In his last three starts, Hamels is 1-1 with a 2.49 ERA. He has pitched well in his career against the Cubs, going 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA.
Randy Wells gets the ball for Chicago on Saturday. He is 4-7 on the season wit ha 4.61 ERA. He did not pitch well in June but has been better this month. In his last three starts he is 1-1 with a 2.18 ERA.
The Phillies had won 12 of the last 20 against the Cubs in this series before yesterday’s game. The teams played two games in Philly back in May and each team won a game. Last year when they met in Chicago it was the Phillies sweeping a three-game series against the Cubs? Two of those three games went under the total in MLB betting.
The Phillies trail the Braves in the National League East but they have the ability to make a run in the division. The Phillies have an offense that is 9th in the league in runs scored and their pitching is in the top ten in the league in ERA.
The Cubs actually have a losing record at home this season vs. the baseball betting odds. It is simply intolerable for the Cubs to be losing at home. Even poor teams can be above .500 at home. The Cubs have big names like Derek Lee and Alfonso Soriano but the team doesn’t score enough runs and their pitching staff is nothing special. Bettors will still bet the Cubs but more often than not they will probably lose their wagers.