Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/23/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (5-17) at Chicago Cubs (6-12)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Wade Miley (L) (2-2) (4.355) vs. Jeff Samardzija (R) (0-2) (1.286)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -105 / Arizona Diamondbacks -105 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Arizona, WGN
The Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Wednesday at Wrigley Field for game three of their series.
The Chicago Cubs are having a rebuilding year but they have won their first two games in this series against the D-Backs. On Tuesday Mike Olt hit a home run and Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena, and Justin Ruggiano each had two hits and the Cubs scored nine runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Jason Hammel allowed four hits and a run while striking out four over 7.0 innings to get the win and go to 3-1 for the season. For Wednesday’s game the Cubs start Jeff Samardzjia who is still looking for his first win this season. For the year Samadzjia has allowed 23 hits and four earned runs while striking out 22 over 28 innings for a 0-2 record and a 1.29 ERA.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are setting all kinds of franchise records in futility and it continues on Tuesday in their loss in Chicago. Tuffy Gosewisch hit a home run and Martin Prado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Gerardo Parra each had hits as the Diamondbacks scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy allowed seven hits and five runs, one earned, while striking out six over 5.0 innings to take the loss and fall to 0-4 for the season. For Tuesday’s game the D-Backs start Wade Miley who had a no decision in his last start. For the season Miley has allowed 26 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 27 over 31 innings for a 2-2 record and a 4.35 ERA.
Chicago is 25-53 in their last 78 games, 7-19 in game three of a series, and 2-9 in Samardzjia’s last 11 home starts. Arizona is 6-21 as an underdog, 1-5 against the NL Central, and 5-2 in Miley’s last 11 starts. Arizona is 3-11 in their last 14 games in Chicago.
Samardzjia has been the ultimate tough luck guy but this could be his day and for a free pick I will take the Cubs here.
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