Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 6/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (24-32) at Chicago Cubs (37-15)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
E Escobar (0-1) (18.92) vs. J Hammel (6-1) (2.09)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -265 / Arizona Diamondbacks +242 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSA
Coming up in Saturday MLB action from historic Wrigley Field, we’ve got another installment featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs.
This will be the second game of the weekend set. In Friday’s opener, the Cubs blanked the D-Backs 6-0, buoyed by a five-run eighth inning. Chicago out-hit Arizona 7-6 in that one.
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For Saturday’s game, the Diamondbacks will be rolling with left-hander Edwin Escobar. Thus far, Escobar has made just one start at the major-league level, putting up a whopping eight runs (seven earned) in only 3.1 innings against the Astros. That gives Escobar an 0-1 mark with a bloated 18.90 ERA and a 3.30 WHIP.
Thankfully, the Diamondbacks do have some solid contributors on offense. Jean Segura holds a team-high 69 hits with 27 RBI and 28 runs. Brandon Drury has eight homers with 19 runs and 52 hits. Paul Goldschmidt has 51 hits with 10 homers and 33 RBI to his credit. Segura and Goldschmidt combined to go 2-for-8 in Friday’s game.
Over on the Cubs’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Jason Hammel take the mound. In his 10 starts this year on a 6-1 record, Hammel has been great with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 56 innings. Hammel was lifted from his last start with a hamstring cramp, but it’s looking like he’ll be fine for this game.
You’re probably familiar with the Cubs’ young and powerful batting order. Ben Zobrist leads the way on 60 hits with 38 runs and 35 RBI. Dexter Fowler is right there as well on 58 hits with 35 runs and 24 RBI. Fowler came up empty on Friday, though. Kris Bryant has 58 hits with 40 runs, 13 homers and 40 RBI.
The Diamondbacks are 4-10 in their last 14 Saturday games, and 6-19 in their last 25 against the National League Central.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games, and 42-17 in their last 59 game twos of a series.
Considering Escobar’s sketchy start his last time out, I can’t find many reasons to pick the Diamondbacks here. Give me Hammel and the Cubs all day long, despite the thick line.