The Chicago Cubs host the Philadelphia Phillies for game 3 of their series on Thursday night. All MLB odds can be found at Bovada sportsbook.
The Chicago Cubs have improved since the beginning of the season, but they came up short in the first game of their series vs. the Phillies. Alfonso Soriano homered and that was really the lone bright spot as they were held to only three hits as a team. Matt Garza had a solid outing only allowing two runs over 6.2 innings, but did not factor in the decision. Tonight the Cubs will start Chris Volstad who is winless so far this season. Volstad has an eye-popping 6.92 ERA in 39 innings pitched.
The Phillies have started the season out in slow fashion, but they played a solid all-around game last night to earn the win. Carlos Ruiz continued his hot hitting with included another homerun for the catcher. The Phillies as a team last night scored 9 runs on 12 hits. Roy Halladay will get the start for the Phillies tonight and the all-star right hander has gotten off to a slow start himself as he has not won in 4 of his last 5 starts. His ERA sits at 3.20 over 56 innings of work.
Chicago is 1-5 in their last six home games against a team with a losing record, 21-10 in their last 35 games with the total set at 6.5 or lower, and 0-7 in Volstad’s last seven starts. Philadelphia is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 6-1 in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, and 20-8 in Halladay’s last 28 road starts. Philadelphia is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings of these two.
We like Philly in this one as the road favorite because Halladay is due for a big time effort very soon so bet them but before the wager read sportsbook reviews.