Diamondbacks vs. Cubs - 4/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (2-0) at Arizona Diamondbacks (1-2)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
J Hammel (0-0) (0.00) vs. Robbie Ray (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +115 / Chicago Cubs -125 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks play game two of their series Friday night.
The Chicago Cubs are off to an impressive 3-0 start in which the offense has produced 29 runs. The Cubs are simply crushing the baseball out of the gate and have three different players with at least five hits. Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with seven hits, Anthony Rizzo has nine RBI and Matt Szczur has one home run. The Chicago Cubs couldn’t have wished for a better start, and they’re proving why early they were the most bet team to win the World Series this season. Jason Hammel gets the nod, and he was 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA and 172 strikeouts last season. Hammel is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a rocky 1-3 start and need this win to break out of their early funk. The Diamondbacks struggles start with a pitching staff that’s allowed 34 runs in their first four games. The Diamondbacks have now lost eight of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads Arizona with eight hits, Jake Lamb has five RBI and Nick Ahmed has one home run. It’s still early, but the Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t playing the way many expected. Robbie Ray takes the hill, and he was 5-12 with a 3.52 ERA and 119 strikeouts last season. This will be Ray’s second career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 37-16 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in Hammels last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series and 3-8 in Rays last 11 home starts. The Cubs are 18-43 in the last 61 meetings in Arizona.
The Cubs are downright rolling right now and haven't shown signs of slowing down. Meanwhile, Arizona can't keep other teams from scoring, and Ray wasn't good at all last season. I'll take the red hot Cubs and cheap price.