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The Philadelphia Phillies have been struggling this season as they are fourth in the NL East with a 39-41 record. They will be sending veteran southpaw Matt Moore to pitch here as he is coming off a no-decision against the New York Mets where he threw five shutout innings and gave up just three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
The Chicago Cubs have fallen as a result of their current nine-game losing streak as they are third in the NL Central with a 42-42 record. They will have righty Zach Davies taking the pill here as he lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in his last start. In that game, he went four innings and gave up two runs on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Phillies vs Offense?
The Philadelphia Phillies are known for their offense and it is around league-average as they are 17th in MLB with a .699 OPS so far this year. The lack of power has been surprising as they have mashers throughout their lineup but are 23rd with 86 team homers and are averaging 1.06 home runs per game this season. They expect and need more out of their offense as they are averaging 3.77 runs per game in their last 13. Philly needs more out of guys like young third baseman Alec Bohm as he has a .605 OPS with four home runs and 35 RBI this season. If they can drive the ball more as a team, it will really do wonders for the offense as a whole.
Matt Moore has been struggling this season according to his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 33rd percentile in average exit velocity, 12th percentile in strikeout percentage, second percentile in whiff percentage, and 18th percentile in barrel percentage. His 10.4 barrel percentage against him this season is the highest of any season of his career. Moore has four pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup, cutter) and the cutter has been his best pitch as it has a .200 batting average and a .400 slugging percentage. He has not faced the Cubs since 2017 so it will be interesting to see how they face off against one another after a few years of not seeing each other.
Cubs Ready to Play
The Chicago Cubs are very similar to the Philadelphia Phillies as they were expected to be a top offense but are currently sitting at 18th with a .696 OPS this season. They are a top-third home run hitting team as they are tied for seventh in baseball with 108 team home runs. The Cubbies have not scored much in the last 30 days as in that span (27 games) are scoring just 3.15 runs per game. They are being led by third baseman Kris Bryant as he has an .866 OPS with 16 home runs and 42 RBI this season. If the offense can step up, they will be ready to compete for the NL Central title.
Zach Davies has been not doing too well this season according to his Baseball Savant page. He is in the fifth percentile in strikeout percentage, fourth percentile in xERA, 15th percentile in whiff percentage, and 29th percentile in hard hit percentage. Davies has a four-pitch arsenal (sinker, changeup, curveball, cutter) and the changeup has been his putaway pitch this year as it has a .254 batting average against with 29 strikeouts. He faced the Phillies once in 2019 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers as he won going six innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits with a walk, a hit by pitch, and five strikeouts.
- Chicago: 10-4 in their last 14 vs a team with a losing record
- Chicago: 22-8 in their last 30 home games
- Philadelphia: 17-35 in their last 52 road games
- Philadelphia: 4-10 in their last 14 road games vs a team with a winning record