Cubs vs. Diamondbacks - 9/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (65-69) at Chicago Cubs (75-57)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
() () vs. J Lester (8-10) (3.59)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -245 / Arizona Diamondbacks +225 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Diamondbacks have won five of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. A.J. Pollock leads Arizona with 162 hits and 61 RBI while Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta have combined for 168 RBI. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won six of their last eight road games. Zack Godley gets the ball, and he’s 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This is Godley’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Cubs have lost four of their last five after scoring three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 135 hits and 79 RBI while Dexter Fowler and Kris Bryant have combined for 121 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last seven home games. Jon Lester takes the hill, and he’s 8-10 with a 3.59 ERA and 166 strikeouts this season. Lester is 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 10-3 in their last 13 during game 1 of a series and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. National League Central. The Cubs are 9-3 in their last 12 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Lesters last 5 home starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Chicago and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Lester has allowed 13 runs in his last three games and the Cubs are slumping lately. Not sure why this line is so large. I'll take a chance with Arizona given these odds and both teams struggles.