Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs meet on Friday in Arizona for game one of their series. The Diamondbacks are -210 favorites over the Cubs with an over/under run total set at 9.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have competed for most of the season but it looks like they will come up short of the post season this year. The Diamondbacks are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 38-37 at home this season, and they are 13 games back in the NL West. As a team the D-Backs are hitting .259 with Aaron Hill hitting .299, Miguel Montero hitting .290, and Paul Goldschmidt hitting .289. As a team the Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 3.99 with the starters at 4.36 and the bullpen at 3.24. For game one against the Cubs Arizona starts Ian Kennedy who has won his last three decisions. For the season Kennedy has allowed 206 hits and 90 earned runs while striking out 174 over 195.2 innings of work for a 4.14 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs are looking to fight off 100 losses as they have one of the worst overall records in baseball this season. The Cubs are 1-9 in their last 10 games, 22-56 on the road this season, and they are 35 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .241 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .290, Starlin Castro at .283, and David DeJesus at .265. As a team the Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 4.52 with the starters at 4.51 and the bullpen at 4.54. For game one against the D-Backs Chicago starts Travis Wood who has allowed 23 home runs this season. For the year Wood has allowed 125 hits and 68 earned runs while striking out 113 over 144.2 innings of work for a 4.23 ERA.
Arizona is 6-3 in their last nine games following a loss, 15-7 in their last 22 home games against a left handed starter, and 5-0 in Kennedy’s last five starts. Chicago is 16-37 in their last 52 games as an underdog, 16-40 in their last 56 games overall, and 2-12 in Wood’s last 14 starts. Chicago is 13-6 in the last 19 meetings of these two.
The Cubs are hitting what they can only hope is rock bottom and the Diamondback roll here.
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