The Philadelphia Phillies won four of their five games to improve to five games over .500. Also, they won the first two games of the Phillies vs Cubs series. Sportsbook PPH insiders are wondering if they can win against Kyle Hendricks.
According to sports betting reports, Taijuan Walker will start for the Phillies. He has an excellent June with a record of 4-1. Also, Walker has an ERA of 1.50 and struck out 28 in thirty innings. Also, he gave out nine walks. His Walk Rate is over nine percent, which concerns the team.
Betting Analysis and Predictions
Walker’s June has been nothing short of magical, but we are still looking at a solid starter here despite his overachievement. Even though Walker has a 41.2 percent Hard-hit Rate, he has consistently forced opponents to hit ground balls all season. His number of strikeouts is significantly more than it was the previous season.
Even though he has faced four relatively bad offenses this month (the Mets twice, the Dodgers once, the Athletics once, and the Tigers once), the Cubs do not have a potent offense to help him out. Walker blanked the Cubs over 5 1/3 innings last month in Philadelphia.
With a solid .170 ISO and .262 hitting average over the previous week, the Cubs have performed somewhat better than the Phillies; nevertheless, they have fallen behind in the plate-discipline stats. One of the best in baseball, Chicago has walked in 9.7 percent of plate appearances this year, but that percentage has dropped to 6.5 percent during the last week. Nearly a quarter of the Cubs’ plate appearances over the last week have ended in strikeouts, which remains a problem.
After what seemed like a steep slide, Hendricks has been surprisingly good this season. This year, he has improved from his 4.19 xERA from the previous two seasons to a 2.60 ERA. It is even though he has not earned these outcomes. Hendricks’ 2019 xSLG of.400 was comparable to his.288 ERA, and his xBA dropped to .260 from .270 or worse in the previous two seasons.
Phillies vs Cubs Betting Picks
Game time: June 29, 2023, at 8:05 PM ET
Bet on Under 10
With both teams’ offenses entering with significant uncertainties and both pitchers showing unexpected effectiveness, we will be betting Under 10.
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