Free MLB Pick: Cubs vs Diamondbacks Odds
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(2-0) Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (1-2)
Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: Chase Field Phoenix, Arizona
Projected Pitchers: John Lackey vs. Ruby De La Rosa
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -145 / Diamondbacks +130
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cubs -1.5 +115 / Diamondbacks +1.5 -135
MLB Betting Total: 9
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Many are picking the Cubs to win the World Series and they have gotten off to a solid start this season winning their first 2 games.
The Diamondbacks have lost 2 of their 3 games this season and their 2 big additions of pitchers Zach Greinke and Shelby Miller have not looked great.
In their last games the Cubs beat the L.A. Angels 6-1 and the Diamondbacks lost to the Colorado Rockies 4-3.
The Cubs looked great in their first 2 games on the season scoring 15 combined runs and only giving up 1.
Chicago looks to start the season 3-0 for the first time in 28 years with a win tonight.
In the off-season the Cubs signed veteran pitcher John Lackey, who gets the start in this game and last season he was 13-10 with a career best 2.77 ERA. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 3 career starts against the Diamondbacks.
The Cubs already rank 7th in the Majors in runs scored even though big off-season acquisition Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber have gotten off to slow starts combining to go 1 for 20.
The Cubs have won 4 of their last 5 games facing the Diamondbacks, but they have lost 13 of their last 17 games facing them in Arizona.
Obviously the pitching has been the major issue for the Diamondbacks so far this season, as their offense is legit ranking 4th in runs scored and 1st in team batting average. However, they rank 25th in both team ERA and opponents’ batting average.
Ruby De La Rosa gets the start for the Diamondbacks and last season he led the team with 14 wins and he had an ERA of 4.67. In 2 career starts facing the Cubs he is 0-1 with an ERA of 5.73.
Arizona has lost their last 5 games at home facing a team with a winning record when De La Rosa has gotten the starting nod. However, they are 6-1 in his last 7 starts during game 1 of a series.
Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt has 1 HR and 4 RBI this season and is only hitting .200. However, he has had success facing the Cubs in the last few seasons hitting over .400 with 22 RBI in his last 18 games against them.
The Diamondbacks need a good series against the Cubs, as after that they have 3 straight road series’ against NL West rivals the Dodgers, who are 3-0, Giants, and Padres.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 13-3 in their last 16 road games.
- Cubs are 9-3 in their last 12 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Cubs have an Under record of 6-2-2 in their last 10 road games.
- Diamondbacks are 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Diamondbacks are 16-7 in their last 23 during game 1 of a series.
- Diamondbacks have an Under record of 10-3 in their last 13 games vs. a right-handed starter.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Prediction:
I think Lackey will have a decent start tonight and while he will not silence the Arizona bats he will keep them from scoring a lot of runs and the Cubs’ offense will get to De La Rosa.
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While Lackey will have a decent start do not look for a pitcher’s duel in the desert tonight.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 8 – Arizona 5
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