Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Match Preview and Free Picks
It might have provided some levity in a game that went against them from the start, but the Chicago Cubs would prefer to refrain from using position players to pitch for the foreseeable future. The Cubs look to Kyle Hendricks to get their rotation back on track when they host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday for the second contest of their four-game series.
The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the first inning and chased spot starter Luke Farrell early in Monday’s 7-1 win, as Cubs manager Joe Maddon put position players on the mound for the second time in four days. Victor Caratini and Anthony Rizzo combined to record the final four outs to help the Cubs preserve their bullpen for the remainder of the series between National League contenders.
Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt continued his hot hitting against the Cubs with a first-inning homer – he is 8-for-18 with six blasts in his last five games versus Chicago – that helped the Diamondbacks stay within 1 1/2 games of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. The Cubs’ lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central was trimmed to 2 1/2 games.
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Starting Pitchers Report
Diamondbacks RH Clay Buchholz (2-1, 2.56 ERA): Buchholz has pitched well when healthy, and he’s ready to come off the disabled list after suffering a strained oblique on June 24 at Pittsburgh. The 33-year-old has allowed fewer than three runs in six of his seven starts this season, but he has managed to get through six innings only three times. Buchholz has faced the Cubs once while pitching for Boston, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision during the 2014 season.
Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (6-8, 3.99): Hendricks had another uncharacteristically inefficient outing Thursday against St. Louis, needing 113 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision. The 28-year-old has recorded only one quality start in his last six outings. Hendricks is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in two career starts against the Diamondbacks, but he hasn’t faced them since 2016.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Betting Odds
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Free Predictions and Result
|Cubs -170 Over/Under 9||Cubs 5, Diamondbakcs 4|
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Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Odds Trends
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Arizona's last 8 games|
|Arizona is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 games on the road|
|Arizona is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 5 games on the road|
|Arizona is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|Arizona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs|
Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends
|Chi Cubs is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games|
|Chi Cubs is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs's last 10 games|
|Chi Cubs is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Chi Cubs's last 8 games at home|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Arizona|
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Arizona|
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona|
|Chi Cubs is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games when playing at home against Arizona|
|Next Up: Arizona at Chicago Wednesday, July 25|