Philadelphia @ Chicago
Philadelphia +110 over Chicago

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Posted at 1:30 PM EST. Odds subject to change.

Philadelphia over Chicago

6:05 PM EST. Hayden Wesneski (RHP - CHC) has avoided a potential demotion to the bullpen as the Cubs' rotation is banged up with the injury to Javier Assad (forearm), paving the way for this start tonight. Thus far, Wesneski owns an xERA of 4.81 and a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) in the negative (-0.1), which means Wesneski is primed to be bumped from the rotation, and if the Cubs had a better option, he likely would have been already.

Meanwhile, the Phillies will send Michael Mercado (RHP - PHI), who is also an injury replacement, out for his first career start. Mercado is a 25-year-old swingman who impressed in relief this spring before being shifted back into the rotation in AAA, where he has been solid, posting an xERA of 3.86 in 47.1 innings.

As for his skill set, Mercado is largely a 3-pitch pitcher, with a four-seam fastball, curveball, and cutter, but has worked to incorporate a new splitter into his arsenal this season. Mercado’s stuff is above average across the board with nothing truly plus, with his fastball sitting at 93-97 MPH with good life, an above-average curveball in the low 80s with good vertical depth, and a cutter in the high 80s to low 90s that can miss bats in the zone. Pitching for the Phillies, Mercado should not be a dog against the Cubbies' starter.

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Our Pick

Philadelphia +110 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.20)

Cincinnati -1½ +114 over Miami
Washington +130 over Milwaukee