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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs - 4/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks
Date & Time Friday April 26, 2019, 9:40 PM (EDT)
Location
Chase Field
Phoenix, Arizona
The Line
The Line: Chicago Cubs -111 / Arizona Diamondbacks -111 -- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
NSC+, FSAZ
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The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Friday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Chicago Cubs have won seven straight games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 31 hits and 21 RBI while Jason Heyward and Willson Contreras have combined for 42 hits and 30 RBI. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 3.54 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Hendricks is 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA and 36 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for another win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won nine straight games when scoring more than one run. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 35 hits and 17 RBI while Adam Jones and Christian Walker have combined for 58 hits and 31 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Ray is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West and 11-5 in Hendricks' last 16 starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. National League Central, 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in Rays last 7 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in Hendricks' last 5 starts vs. Diamondbacks, 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Arizona and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 23-9-1 in Rays last 33 home starts. The under is 37-16 in Hendricks' last 53 starts overall.

Both of these teams saw these pitchers last week, and while both Hendricks and Ray held their own in those meetings, it's tough for pitchers to face the same lineup in such a short span. Offenses usually have the edge in spots like this, especially with the lineups are as talented and as consistent as both the Cubs and Diamondbacks. It also doesn't hurt that the over hits pretty much every time Ray pitches at home, which includes a 15-7-1 over record in his last 23 home games. I like the over in this contest. 

Pick:
Over 8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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