Chicago Cubs (88-62) at Arizona Diamondbacks (78-73)
|Date & Time||Tuesday September 18, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under:
The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Tuesday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The Chicago Cubs look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have won four straight games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 163 hits and 105 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist have combined for 272 hits and 148 RBI. Mike Montgomery gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 3.87 ERA and 74 strikeouts this season. Montgomery is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 168 hits and 83 RBI while David Peralta and Ketel Marte have combined for 279 hits and 136 RBI. The Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.
The Cubs are 7-3 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning record, 23-8 in their last 31 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Montgomerys last 5 Tuesday starts. The Diamondbacks are 35-16 in their last 51 Tuesday games, 21-10 in their last 31 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Cubs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
If the Arizona Diamondbacks are going to have any chance to make the final two weeks of the wild card chase interesting, they need to take care of business, especially at home. The Chicago Cubs are hot right now, but they have also lost seven of the last 10 games in which Montgomery has pitched. Montgomery also hasn't been the toughest pitcher in the world to hit, as he's allowing a .268 batting average on the season. The Arizona Diamondbacks are scoring runs, so this is a game they should like their chances to win. I'll side with Arizona to stop the bleeding and get a must-win game.