Preview: Phillies at Cubs

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5-Day Forecast
GAME: Philadelphia Phillies (26-23) at Chicago Cubs (33-14)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, May 29 - 2:20 PM EST
WHERE: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

Last week’s three-game losing streak appears to be nothing more than a blip on the radar for the Chicago Cubs, who have won four straight to strengthen their hold on the best record in the majors. The Cubs will try to finish a three-game sweep of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon when they send veteran John Lackey to the mound. 

The Cubs are 31-2 when scoring four or more runs, but they haven’t been able to reach the magic number in Lackey’s last three starts - totaling just five runs in those three games. Chicago’s offense has been clicking lately, as the Cubs have put up 31 runs during their four-game winning streak. The Phillies, meanwhile, have scored only 22 runs in their past eight games, going 2-6 over that stretch. Philadelphia has only three extra-base hits in the series compared with nine for Chicago. 

TV: 2:20 p.m. ET, CSN Philadelphia, WGN (Chicago)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.75 ERA) vs. Cubs RH John Lackey (4-2, 3.38)

Velasquez has come back to Earth a bit after an incredible start to the season, as his ERA has risen more than a run over his past four outings. The 23-year-old does not have a quality start over that span and was unable to record an out in the fifth inning Monday at Detroit, allowing three runs and nine hits over four-plus frames in a no-decision. Velasquez has yet to face the Cubs in his young career.

Lackey has posted five straight quality starts but has only one win over that stretch. The 37-year-old struck out nine over seven solid innings in his last start, holding St. Louis to three runs and four hits in a no-decision. Lackey has had tough luck against the Phillies, owning a 3-4 record despite pitching to a 3.13 ERA in seven meetings. 


1. Cubs 2B/OF Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 Saturday and is 24-for-54 during a 14-game hitting streak – the longest active streak in the National League and the second-longest in his career. 

2. Phillies SS Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games and has three multi-hit contests over that span. 

3. Chicago RF Jason Heyward is 12-for-32 during an eight-game home hitting streak after going 4-for-46 in his first 13 home contests as a Cub. 

PREDICTION: Cubs 5, Phillies 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Philadelphia 26-23 L2 13-9 13-14 14-10 5-10 3-1 4-2
Chi. Cubs 33-14 W4 16-6 17-8 7-1 18-6 6-7 2-0

Last Meeting

Philadelphia Chi. Cubs
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/28/16 PHI 1 CHC 4 .161 0 .413 .267 1 .779

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PHI C. Hernandez .429 3 1.000
CHC B. Zobrist .500 4 1.250
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PHI P. Bourjos 0 1 0
CHC K. Bryant 1 2 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
PHI 5.62 .227 18
CHC 1.00 .286 17
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
PHI O. Herrera .328 57 .895
CHC B. Zobrist .354 58 .985
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
PHI M. Franco 8 13 28
CHC K. Bryant 11 35 36
Pitching ERA Avg K
PHI 3.79 .236 428
CHC 2.67 .259 417

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Philadelphia Overall Chi. Cubs
26-23 W/L 33-14
25-24 RL W/L 29-18
20-27-2 O/U 26-19-2
3.22 Runs For 5.66
4.00 Runs Against 2.98
Philadelphia A/H Chi. Cubs
13-14 W/L 16-6
15-12 RL W/L 13-9
13-13-1 O/U 12-9-1
3.59 Runs For 5.18
4.22 Runs Against 3.09
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