Arizona Diamondbacks (56-46) at Chicago Cubs (58-42)
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 25, 2018, 2:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago Cubs -135 / Arizona Diamondbacks +125 --- Over/Under:
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The Diamondbacks have scored 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five straight games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring more than one run. David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 105 hits and 53 RBI while Paul Goldschmidt and Ketel Marte have combined for 188 hits and 95 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 5.37 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Ray is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs could use a win here after losing four other last six games. The Cubs have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs have lost four straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 108 hits and 74 RBI while Albert Almora Jr. and Anthony Rizzo have combined for 181 hits and 94 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 12-3 with a 3.14 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. Lester is 2-1 with a 4.86 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 6-13 in their last 19 during game 3 of a series, 9-3 in Rays last 12 road starts and 14-6 in Rays last 20 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 40-14 in Lesters last 54 home starts and 51-22 in Lesters last 73 starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Chicago and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
We're getting plus money with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team in better form and is actually putting runs on the board for a change. The Chicago Cubs aren't nearly as hot as they were to finish the first half of the season and are getting hit hard this week. Speaking of hit hard, Lester is coming off a game in which he allowed eight runs in three innings, and he's allowed four or more runs in three of his alst four starts overall. Ray has had issues this season, but he has a solid 2.89 ERA with a .198 allowed batting average on the road. It's hard not to like the Arizona Diamondbacks in this spot based on the price.