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Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 4/21/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs
Date & Time Sunday April 21, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Wrigley Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Chicago Cubs -105 / Arizona Diamondbacks -116
TV Channel
FS-Arizona
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following a 6-0 win in game two on Saturday. John Ryan Murphy led the D-Backs with two RBIs and a home run while Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta each hit solo home runs. Jarrod Dyson added an RBI while Christian Walker went a perfect 4 for 4 at the dish with a double. Ketel Marte, Nick Ahmed, Zack Greinke and Taylor Clarke each had a base hit as well in the winning effort for the D-Backs. Greinke got the win to improve to 3-1 on the year after throwing six shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out four. Taylor Clarke threw three innings of relief for his 1st save of the year. Robbie Ray will start game three and is 0-1 with a 4.64 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. In his career, Ray is 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 25 strikeouts against the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound and get on the scoresheet to win the series on Sunday. Kris Bryant had a double while Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward each had base hits as the Cubbies mustered up just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Yu Darvish allowed three runs on five hits while striking out seven over five innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 1-3 this season. Tyler Chatwood will start game three and is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Chatwood is 5-3 with a 4.37 ERA and 40 strikeouts against Arizona.

Arizona is 5-2 in Ray’s last 7 road starts and 5-1 in their last 6 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Chicago is 5-1 in Chatwood’s last 6 starts and 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss while the over is 4-0 in Chatwood’s last 4 home starts. The under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.

We cashed on Arizona on Saturday as underdogs, but the problem here is that Ray is coming off of his worst start of the year last time out and all of the value with Arizona is gone here as the D-Backs are favored on the road. Chatwood is making his first start after a bunch of relief appearances, but the Cubs are too good of a team to be an underdog at home against an up and down pitcher like Ray here. I’ll take the Cubs to win the series on Sunday.

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -105

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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