Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 8/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (61-46) at Chicago Cubs (57-49)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Z Greinke (13-4) (2.84) vs. J Quintana (6-9) (4.16)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -127 / Arizona Diamondbacks +117 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, CSCh
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs meet Thursday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could use another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Diamondbacks have scored seven runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 119 hits and 79 RBI while David Peralta and Jake Lamb have combined for 203 hits and 117 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 13-4 with a 2.84 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 4-3 with a 4.02 ERA and 70 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 16 runs in this series and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have won eight straight games when scoring more than one run. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 100 hits and 47 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras have combined for 183 hits and 129 RBI. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he is 6-9 with a 4.16 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. Quintana is 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 7-2 in their last 9 Thursday games, 4-10 in their last 14 road games and 5-1 in Greinkes last 6 starts. The Cubs are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 26-8 in their last 35 Thursday games and 4-2 in their last 6 vs. National League West. The under is 4-1 in Cubs last 5 overall.
I'm one of the first to fade the Cubs whenever I can, as they've been one of the worst teams in baseball to back due to their insane prices. But we're getting a cheap price with Quintana, who has been nothing but money since switching sides of town. In 19 innings with the Cubs, Quintana has allowed five earned runs, 12 hits and struck out 25 batters. Yes, Greinke has been great all season long and you don't get plus money often, but the road is where all four of his losses have come and his ERA is a run higher than it is at home. I like the Cubs here on a quick turnaround.