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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (60-54) at Arizona Diamondbacks (64-51)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 4:10 pm (Chase Field)

J Arrieta (11-8) (3.83) vs. Zack Godley (5-4) (2.94)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +107 / Chicago Cubs -117 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: WLS, FSAZ

Down in Phoenix at Chase Field on Sunday, the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be finishing up their weekend MLB series. 

On Friday in the opener, the Cubs secured an 8-3 victory. On Saturday, the Diamondbacks struck back with a 6-2 win, scoring four runs in the sixth inning. 

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/13/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Sunday game, the Cubs will be bringing out RHP Jake Arrieta. In his 134.0 innings and 11-8 record this year, Arrieta has a 3.83 ERA with 129 Ks and 42 BBs. 

The Cubs have some capable bats this year. Kris Bryant came into the weekend with 112 hits, 73 runs, 20 homers and 49 RBI while Anthony Rizzo had 107 hits, 66 runs, 26 homers and 71 RBI. Bryant posted three hits and two RBI on Saturday, while Rizzo went 1-for-5. 

Over on the Diamondbacks’ side, they’re rolling with RHP Zack Godley in the start on Sunday. Over his 101.0 innings and 5-4 record this year, Godley has a 2.94 ERA and 101 Ks with 30 BBs. 

Arizona has a nice offense as well. Leading the way coming into the weekend, Paul Goldschmidt had 130 hits with 88 runs, 27 homers and 91 RBI; David Peralta has 113 hits, 62 runs, 11 homers and 39 RBI. Goldschmidt hit once with a run on Saturday; Peralta managed a homer and two runs. 

The Cubs are 13-5 in their last 18 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. Chicago is also 3-7 in their last 10 games on grass and 2-5 in their last seven games versus a right-handed starter. 

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are 42-21 in their last 63 home games and 2-5 in their last seven overall. Arizona is also 2-5 in their last seven  games on grass and 2-5 in their last seven home games versus a team with a winning road record. 

It’s been a solid run for Arrieta over his last five games, which were all quality starts. In that span, Arrieta has given up no more than two earned in any appearance and owns a 3-1 record. As for Godley, he’s got three straight quality starts to his credit over his last 19.2 innings, giving up only three earned in that time (all three coming against the Dodgers). This looks like a great pitching matchup and is a nice way to close out the series. I’m staying away here, but will tentatively pick Arrieta and the Cubs. The play is probably the under, though.

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