Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/22/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (5-16) at Chicago Cubs (5-12)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
Brandon McCarthy (R) (0-3) (7.103) vs. Jason Hammel (R) (2-1) (3.048)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -132 / Arizona Diamondbacks +122 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, CSN-CHI
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs will play game two of a four-game series on Tuesday. The Cubs won game one, 5-1.
The Diamondbacks have now lost nine of their last 10 games and fall to 5-17 on the season. The Diamondbacks have been held to two or less runs in four of their last six games, but their pitching staff has allowed five or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. Needless to say, the Diamondbacks are absolutely brutal. Taking the mound on Tuesday will be Brandon McCarthy, who is 0-3 on the season with a 7.11 ERA and has allowed 30 hits and 20 earned runs in 25.1 innings. This will be just McCarthy’s second career start against the Cubs.
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The Cubs have won two of their last three games, and their offense has woken up a little bit during this stretch. In Monday’s win, pitcher Travis Wood came away with two hits and four RBI to pretty much beat the Diamondbacks by himself. With the momentum on their side, the Cubs have to like their chances with Jason Hammel on the mound, as he’s 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and has allowed seven runs in 20.2 innings with 16 strikeouts. Hammel is 3-3 with a 3.71 ERA in eight career starts against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 1-6 in McCarthys last 7 road starts and 2-5 in McCarthys last 7 starts during game 2 of a series. The Cubs are 12-43 in their last 55 games vs. a right-handed starter and 16-35 in their last 51 home games vs. a right-handed starter. The Diamondbacks are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Chicago.
I'm not 100 percent confident in either team, but the Cubs are the better of the two teams and are at home. Not to mention McCarthy has ben brutal this season and is an automatic fade until he gets his act together.
There's much better games on the board, but pick the Cubs if you feel the need to touch this game.