Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs
|Date & Time||Friday April 19, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
Chicago Cubs -152 / Arizona Diamondbacks +130
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs meet in game one of a three game set from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Friday afternoon.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to stay hot after winning their last four games, including a three game sweep of the Atlanta Braves following a 4-1 win in the series finale on Thursday. Christian Walker led the D-Backs, going 2 for 5 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Adam Jones and Nick Ahmed each had an RBI with Ahmed adding a punch-hit double. Wilmer Flores and David Peralta each had two hits including a double while Tim Locastro and Eduardo Escobar each chipped in a base hit as well in the victory. Luke Weaver got the win to improve to 1-1 after throwing five shutout innings, striking out nine while allowing just four hits. Yoshihisa Hirano closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Merrill Kelly will start game one and is 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career start against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will also look to keep the ball rolling after sweeping the Miami Marlins following a second straight shutout in a 6-0 win on Wednesday. Daniel Descalso led the Cubs by going 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs while Javier Baez had a homer and two RBIs. Jason Heyward added an RBI to round out Chicago’s scoring in the win while Willson Contreras had a double and Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant each chipped in a base hit as well in the victory. Cole Hamels got the win to improve to 3-0 after throwing seven shutout innings, striking out eight while allowing just three hits. Kyle Hendricks will start game one and is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 2-6 in their last 8 games against the NL Central while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 series opening matchups. Chicago is 0-4 in Hendricks’ last 4 starts and 5-1 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 31-15 in their last 46 series opening matchups. Arizona is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Chicago being favored makes sense because the Cubs are at home and have had an extra day to rest after sweeping Miami. The back-to-back shutouts for the Cubs pitching staff is impressive as well. However, Hendricks has been one of the least impressive parts of Chicago’s rotation so far this season, and while Kelly hasn’t been a showstopper, he’s pitched decent out of the gate and Arizona keeps finding ways to hang around as well as win baseball games after sweeping a very good Atlanta team to start the week. I just need to see Hendricks turn things around before instilling any faith in him, so I’ll take a shot with Arizona and the plus money on Friday.