Chicago Cubs (86-61) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (78-70)Date : 09/17/2018
Time : 9:40 PM ET
Location : Chase Field
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Chicago Cubs vs Arizona Diamondbacks
The D-Backs will welcome the Cubs to Chase Field as the two teams will go head to head in a three-game series starting on Monday. The D-Backs are three games back of the Dodgers for the last spot in the Wild Card standings while the Cubs are looking to end the regular season as NL Central division champion they hold a 1 1/2 game lead over the Brewers. Game one starts at 9:40 PM ET. This will be their second meeting of the season, in their first meeting they split the four-game series 2-2.
Chicago Cubs 's Latest Performance :
The Cubs will begin their six-game road trip against the D-Backs. The Cubs have now won two straight games and are eyeing to end the regular season by becoming back to back NL Central champions. The Cubs have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Brewers. The Cubs are 7th in pitching with a 3.70 ERA and 8th in batting with 693 runs scored this season. They are 40-35 when playing on the road this season. Javier Baez will have to play well in this game for the Cubs if they want to hold off the Brewers. He is now slashing an outstanding .295/.330/.568 with 31 homers, 103 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Kris Bryant will have to remain hot on the plate he is hitting .325 (13-for-40) in 12 games since returning from the disabled list. On the season Bryant is slashing .280/.382/.468 with 47 RBIs and 11 homers.
Probable Pitcher: Kyle Hendricks, he allowed two runs through five innings of work and took a loss against the Brewers on Wednesday. He struck out five, issued one walk and yielded five base hits in the losing effort. He will need more support from his offense when he starts against the D-Backs on Monday. He is 11-11 with a 3.71 ERA in 30 starts.
Arizona Diamondbacks's Latest Performance :
The D-Backs will be back at Chase Field for a nine-game homestand beginning on Monday. The homestand opens with a three-game series against the Cubs. The D-Backs must make the most of this homestand if they want to make the playoffs. The D-Backs are three and a half game back of the Wild Card spot. They are 37-35 when playing at home this season. The D-Backs are coming off a tough series against the Astros, the D-Backs got the talent to make the postseason but it is the inconsistency of their that really hurt them. The D-Backs are 17th in batting with 642 runs scored this season and 5th in pitching with a 3.68 ERA. The D-Backs still don’t have a closer on the team so it must take a collective effort from the bullpen if they want to make the playoffs.
The Freight train David Peralta will have to put the D-Backs on his back if they want to make the playoffs, he must be the focal point of the D-Backs offense during this homestand. After a strong month in August, he is now slashing .231/.302/.308 with one homer in 11 games this month but being the player that he is I expect him to finish the season strong.
Probable Pitcher: Patrick Corbin, he struck out nine in his last outing against the Braves holding them to only a single run. It was his first win in four starts he will look to go two in a row against the Cubs on Monday. He’s 11-5 with a 3.01 ERA that rates as his lowest mark since the beginning of June.
How Chicago Cubs & Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Diamondbacks are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
Cubs are 39-18 in their last 57 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Against The Spread Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks
My reason for the pick :
The series opener will go down to the wire but I am giving the D-Backs the edge here because Corbin is controlling the mound for Arizona and he is coming off a fantastic outing the last time he was on the mound. He should be able to limit the Cubs batters in game one. It will be a fantastic batting matchup between Baez, Bryant, and Goldy, Peralta. The D-Backs will look to score early to relieve pressure off of the team’s bullpen who are having a tough time closing out games.
The D-Backs take the series opener over the Cubs at home.
Betting trends for Chicago Cubs :
- Cubs are 7-2 in their last 9 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Betting trends for Arizona Diamondbacks:
- Diamondbacks are 11-4 in their last 15 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.