Arizona Diamondbacks (54-46) at Chicago Cubs (58-40)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 24, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -155 / Arizona Diamondbacks +150 --- Over/Under:
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs meet in game two of their four game set from Wrigley Field on Tuesday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to build some steam after a 7-1 win in the series opener on Monday. Jeff Mathis led the D-Backs with a double and two RBIs, while Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 5 with a solo home run. A.J. Pollock matched that mark with an RBI of his own, while Jake Lamb, Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed each contributed runs on the board in the win. Daniel Descalso and David Peralta each added a base hit as well in the victory for Arizona. Patrick Corbin got the win to improve to 6-4 this season after giving up the one run on six hits while striking out nine over seven innings of work. Clay Buchholz will start game two and is 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Buchholz’s second career start against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will be looking to rebound after dropping game one on Monday. Anthony Rizzo accounted for the lone Chicago run in the loss, while Javier Baez went 2 for 4 and Ian Happ added a double. Albert Almora Jr., Addison Russell and Jason Heyward each contributed a base knock in the losing effort. Luke Farrell took the loss, falling to 3-4 this season after allowing six runs on six hits over just 3.1 innings of work. Kyle Hendricks will start game two and is 6-8 with a 3.99 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hendricks is 1-0 with a 2,31 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 14-5 in their last 19 road games and 10-25 in their last 35 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Chicago is 15-5 in their last 20 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL West while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 home games. Arizona is 5-11 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 8-17 in the last 25 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
In reality, I don’t know what we’re going to see from Buchholz in his first start in a month. What I do know, is that Buchholz looked pretty good for Arizona this season, allowing two runs or less in six of his seven starts. Hendricks has allowed three runs or more in six of his last nine starts and while Chicago’s offense may be the more consistent of the two lately, I think the pitching matchup is a coin flip so I’ll take a chance with Arizona and the plus money on Tuesday.