Chicago Cubs (89-62) at Arizona Diamondbacks (78-74)
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 19, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -110 / Chicago Cubs -110 --- Over/Under: 8
The Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Wednesday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Cubs have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Chicago Cubs have won five straight games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 165 hits and 107 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist have combined for 274 hits and 150 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 3.67 ERA and 169 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA and 56 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Diamondbacks have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 12 of their last 16 games when scoring more than one run. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 168 hits and 83 RBI while David Peralta and Ketel Marte have combined for 280 hits and 137 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 4.14 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Ray is 0-1 with a 2.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League West, 7-2 in Hamels' last 9 starts on grass and 7-2 in Hamels' last 9 starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-13 in their last 17 Wednesday games, 1-5 in Rays last 6 home starts and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Cubs are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and the under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Ray has been lights out as of late, which includes allowing four runs in his last 17.2 innings and two or less runs in each of his last five starts. The problem is Ray has an ERA over five at home on the season and Arizona Diamondbacks are piling up the losses and it doesn't seem to be stopping. Hamels has a 1.57 ERA since coming over to the Chicago Cubs, which includes allowing two or less runs in eight of his nine starts with his new team. Throw in the form of both clubs and the cheap price, and the Cubs have to be the play here.