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The Chicago Cubs are playing host to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast this NL matchup. The opening pitch is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 9-10 straight up (SU) and 9-9 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 2.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.6 units ATS. The Diamondbacks are 11-10 SU and have gone 13-7 against the spread. In total, the team’s gained 2.3 units for moneyline bettors over the early part of the year and 4.8 units ATS.

Chicago games have had an over/under record of 10-7-1 so far in 2019. Arizona has an over/under record of 11-7-2.

Robbie Ray will get the nod for Arizona. The southpaw Ray (0-1, 4.64 ERA) has racked up 26 strikeouts in 21.1 innings so far. He has yet to face Chicago this year, but he made two starts against the Cubs in 2018, putting together a 1-0 record against them with a 0.69 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

The Cubs are putting the ball in the hands of righty Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00 ERA), who’s got six strikeouts and five walks, along with a WHIP of 1.83. Chatwood only made one start against the Diamondbacks in 2018 (0-0, 7.71 ERA and four strikeouts across 4.2 innings).

As a unit, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 4.8 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 3.87, a WHIP of 1.36 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.4. The bullpen has a 5.18 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 9.9 K/9.

The Chicago hitters have produced 5.7 runs per contest, including 4.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .230/.351/.360 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Cubs’ hitters have been led by Javier Baez, who is slashing .289/.314/.566 with six home runs, 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Arizona’s pitching staff allowed 5.1 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.77 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.54 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.13, along with a WHIP of 1.30 and a K/9 of 8.63.

The Diamondbacks offense has slashed .271/.335/.471 on its way to 5.2 runs scored per game this season, including 4.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

David Peralta has led Arizona’s offense and is slashing .352/.394/.568 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

The Diamondbacks just took the previous game in the series by a final score of six runs to zero.

Diamondbacks at Cubs Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in just two of Arizona’s last seven games.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have a team OPS of .806 this season and an OPS of .769 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ OPS stands at .795 overall and .804 versus righties.
  • Arizona has posted 22.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.8 over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have won five of their last six games SU.