Diamondbacks at Cubs - 6/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (24-33) at Chicago Cubs (38-15)
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
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series Saturday afternoon at Wrigley.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Diamondbacks have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have an ERA of 4.76 and have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads Arizona with 69 hits, Paul Goldschmidt has 33 RBI and Brandon Drury has eight home runs. Edwin Escobar gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 18.90 ERA and two strikeouts this season. This will be Escobar’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Ben Zobrist leads Chicago with 60 hits, Kris Bryant has 40 RBI and Anthony Rizzo has 12 home runs. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 4-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 65 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 4-10 in their last 14 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 Saturday games and 8-1 in Hammels last 9 starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-14 in the last 19 meetings in Chicago.
The Cubs continue to pitch and hit at an elite level and are proving they're clearly the best team in baseball. The Diamondbacks pitching staff continues to struggle and is quickly dropping in the standings. Have to continue riding the hot hand here with the Cubs at home.