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2-0 (2-0 V) Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 1-2 (1-2 H)
Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 9:40 PM EDT
Venue: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Projected Pitchers: Jason Hammel, RHP vs. Robbie Ray, LHP
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs -133
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 9.5
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The Cubs are off and running this season as they took 2 games in Los Angeles and now come into Arizona for a 4 game set. This will be game two of four on Friday when the two teams meet inside Chase Field.
Arizona was a bit shocked with their first couple games of the season. After Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller failed to perform in their first starts of the season, a lot of question marks got raised. However, the offense came to life in the 2nd game and backed up Miller as they rolled over the Rockies to split the series.
Now they get the Cubs for four games, a task nobody wants to have to face. Arizona will send their bottom 3 in the rotation to the mound, followed up with Greinke in the series finale.
On Friday, Arizona will send Robbie Ray to the hill. The LH started 23 games for the Dbacks in 2015 and finished with a record of just 5-12. In fact, in his career, he’s just 6-16 with a 4.38 ERA. Ray has never found a string of consistency as he typically leaves a lot of pitches up in the zone.
The Cubs got off to the quick start everyone was expecting. They went into Los Angeles and dominated the Angels in back to back games and now come into Arizona with a 2-0 record. Chicago had their offense working through the first two games as they put up performances of 9 and 6 runs.
Their pitching was even more spectacular. Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, and the bullpen allowed just 1 run all series long. The key for this Cubs team will be the lower portion of their rotation and how much success they can match to the top of the rotation.
Chicago will go with Jason Hammel here on Friday to try and grab game 2. Hammel has been in the league since 06′ and started 31 games for the Cubs and finished 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA. Hammel was such a big part to the Cubs success last year as he really provided a big role at the bottom of the rotation.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cubs are 13-3 in their last 16 road games.
- Cubs are 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Cubs are 9-3 in their last 12 Friday games
- Diamondbacks are 7-2 in their last 9 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series.
Free Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Prediction:
The Cubs offense right now is too tough not to back when facing a bottom of the rotation pitcher.
Look for them to really get on Ray early, forcing the Dbacks into their pen.
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The Cubs get Ray out early and get a solid start from Hammel as they roll here in game 2 of the 4 game set.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Chicago 8 – Arizona 2
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