Chicago Cubs (23-17) at Arizona Diamondbacks (19-21)
|Date & Time||Friday May 22, 2015, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +121 / Chicago Cubs -131 --- Over/Under: 8
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs face off on Friday at Chase Field for game one of their MLB series.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled this season but they return home riding a four game winning streak. The Diamondbacks are 9-12 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are five games back in the NL West. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .267 with Paul Goldschmidt hitting .322, Ender Inciarte hitting .308, and A.J. Pollock hitting .301. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting 4.23 with the starters at 4.15 and the bullpen at 4.37. For game one against the Cubs the Diamondbacks start Josh Collmenter who has allowed 58 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 22 over 47 innings for a 3-5 record and a 5.36 ERA.
The Chicago Cubs continue to chase the leaders in the NL Central they look to make this the year they return to the postseason. The Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 10-9 on the road, and they trail the Cardinals by 3.5 games in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .246 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .333, Kris Bryant hitting .291, and Jorge Soler hitting .272. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.93 with the starters at 3.80 and the bullpen at 4.20. For game one in Arizona the Cubs start Jon Lester who has allowed 53 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 47 over 48.2 innings for a 4-2 record and a 3.70 ERA.
Arizona is 17-38 as a home underdog, 2-7 at home against a left-handed starter, and 1-6 in Collmenter’s last seven home starts. Chicago is 4-0 in their last four Friday games, 3-7 as a road favorite, and 5-0 in Lester’s last five starts. Chicago is 17-41 in their last 58 games in Arizona.
My free pick in this one is going to be on the total and I am looking at the over but it is a lean. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.