Arizona Diamondbacks (54-46) at Chicago Cubs (58-40)
|Date & Time||Monday July 23, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs / Arizona Diamondbacks --- Over/Under:
NSCH, ESPN, FSAZ
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs meet Monday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a victory here after losing six of their last 10 games. The Diamondbacks have scored 21 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 13 of their last 17 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won six of their last 10 games when scoring more than one run. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 102 hits and 53 RBI while Paul Goldschmidt and Ketel Marte have combined for 183 hits and 91 RBI. Patrick Corbin gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 149 strikeouts this season. Corbin is 4-1 with a 4.25 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep the ball rolling after winning 15 of their last 20 games. The Cubs have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Chicago Cubs have won 21 of their last 25 games when scoring more than three runs. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 105 hits and 74 RBI while Albert Almora Jr. and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 179 hits and 93 RBI. Luke Farrell gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. This will be Farrell’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 14-5 in their last 19 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Corbins last 5 road starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West, 11-3 in their last 14 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 Monday games. The Diamondbacks are 8-17 in the last 25 meetings in Chicago, 5-11 in the last 16 meetings and 4-1 in Corbins last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
Corbin has been a really solid pitcher this season overall, but he's been even better on the road where he's allowing a 2.89 ERA with an allowed batting average of .211 in 53 innings. Farrell has just two career starts under his belt and hasn't been great in his limited playing time in Wrigley. There's reason to consider the Diamondbacks in this spot. However, the Arizona Diamondbacks have struggled with conssitent offense all season long, and they're running into a Cubs team that puts up crooked numbers nightly. This is one of those games ou throw out the pitchers and just back the better offense at home..