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Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Saturday April 20, 2019, 2:20 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -132 / Arizona Diamondbacks +110
TV Channel
FS-Arizona
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their three game set from Wrigley Field in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to rebound after dropping game one on Friday by a final score of 5-1. Ketel Marte accounted for the lone Arizona RBI, going 2 for 4 at the dish with a double. Christian Walker also went 2 for 4 while David Peralta, Adam Jones and Wilmer Flores each chipped in a base hit to cap off Arizona’s offense in the loss. Merrill Kelly took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year after allowing three runs on six hits while walking seven and striking out five over 3.2 innings of work. Zack Greinke will start game two and is 2-1 with a 5.79 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. In his career, Greinke is 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA and 78 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to build on their series opening win from Friday afternoon. Kris Bryant led the Cubs, going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Anthony Rizzo had a triple and an RBI and Willson Contreras added a double and an RBI while going 2 for 4 with a double of his own. Jason Heyward, David Bote and Kyle Schwarber each had a base hit to cap off Chicago’s offense in the victory. Kyle Hendricks got the win to improve to 1-3 this season, throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 11. Pedro Strop closed out the 9th for his 2nd save of the season. Yu Darvish will start game two and is 1-2 with a 6.11 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. In his career, Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA and 38 strikeouts against Arizona.

Arizona is 4-1 in Greinke’s last 5 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 road games while the over is 2-0-2 in their last 4 Saturday games. Chicago is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 game two matchups while the under is 6-1 in Darvish’s last 7 starts against a team with a winning record. Arizona is 1-5 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Both of these starters are coming off of their best performances of the season so far, and Chicago looked solid in stifling Arizona in game one on Friday. However, I think the value is with Arizona here as Greinke is still an ace quality pitcher and has been better than Darvish lately. Darvish has the better team behind him you could argue, but I need to see more than Darvish dominating a poor Miami team before investing any faith in him. It burned me yesterday, but I’ll take another shot with Arizona and the plus money on Saturday.

Pick:
Arizona Diamondbacks +110

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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