Cubs vs Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 15 (9/15): MLB

Cubs vs Phillies Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 15 (9/15): MLB

  • Ajay
  • Ajay
  • Sep 15, 2021, 8:01:14 PM

Credit: photo by Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Time 7:05 p.m. EST
Cubs money line +155
Cubs run line +1.5 (-127)
Phillies money line -192
Phillies run line -1.5 (+107)
Over / under 9 (-109)


Key stats
  Cubs Phillies
Record 66-79 72-72
Road / home record 27-43 40-32
Last 10 record 6-4 3-7
Streak W1 L2
Over / under record 64-73-8 71-69-4
Runs / game 4.29 4.54
Runs allowed / game 5.04 4.69



Game two of the Cubs' three-game road trip to Citizens Bank Park takes place tonight.  The Cubs won the opening game last night to take a 1-0 series lead.  That win snapped their three-game losing run which was the result of a home sweep against the Giants.  Chicago had won their previous two series' sweeping the Pirates 4-0 before going on to beating the Reds 2-1.  The Phillies are still vying for a Wild Card spot to sneak into the playoffs and last night's loss was a huge blow.  They sit three games of a Wild Card spot so every game at this stage will be crucial.  Philadelphia has lost six of their last seven and need to bounce back tonight with a win to stand any chance of entering the postseason.  

Pitching matchup


Alec Mills (6-6, 4.35 ERA) Alec Mills is slated for his 17th start of the season.  Mills has a 4.35 ERA across 101.1 innings pitched with 49 ERs.  He also walked 49 batters while striking out 74.  Mills has one start in his one game against Philly in 2021 where he pitched 5.2 innings and went for three ERs off five hits.  


Ranger Suarez (6-4, 1.39 ERA) It will be the 36th mound appearance for Ranger Suarez this season for the Phillies.  Suarez has a 1.39 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP.  He also pitched a single inning against the Cubs this season and didn't give up a hit while having two strikeouts and a walk.  In the last week, Suarez threw for six innings giving up a single ER from five hits.


The Phillies are 3-1 in their series against the Cubs this season but that came on their own turf.  Their losing streak is hard to ignore and the Cubs have been in better form, especially their batting.  The Cubs have been putting runs on the board recently and as streaky as Philly batting has been, the over looks achievable. 

PICK: Over 9 (-109)

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