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Javier Baez and the Chicago Cubs will pay a visit to Phoenix to take on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. This NL matchup gets going at 9:40 p.m. ET and fans can watch it on NSC+ and FSAZ.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

Both teams have equal moneyline odds (-105) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (-110 for both the over and the under). There’s a runline of Cubs -1.5 (+140) and Diamondbacks +1.5 (-160) for this matchup.

The Diamondbacks are 15-11 straight up (SU) and 17-8 against the spread (ATS). The team has gained 5.8 units for moneyline bettors and 7.8 units ATS. Arizona has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Cubs are 12-11 SU and have gone 11-11 against the spread. In total, the team’s lost 0.7 units for moneyline gamblers over the early part of the season and 0.8 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Diamondbacks games have had an over/under record of 13-10-2 so far in 2019. Chicago has an over/under record of 12-9-1.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks will get the start for the visiting Cubs. Hendricks (1-3, 3.54 ERA) has recorded 21 punchouts in 20.1 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Arizona this year.

The Diamondbacks are going with lefty Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95 ERA), who has 30 strikeouts and 16 walks as well as a 1.24 WHIP. Ray is 0-0 with four strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 3.58 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 9.19 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.91, along with a WHIP of 1.29 and a K/9 of 10.05.

Cubs hitters have slashed .257/.354/.436 on their way to 5.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including 4.4 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Chicago’s offensive production has been sparked by shortstop Javier Baez and right fielder Jason Heyward, who have combined to swat 13 home runs. Baez is hitting .320/.353/.649 with eight home runs, 21 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Heyward is hitting .328 with five homers, 14 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

For the home team, Arizona’s pitchers have given up 4.5 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 4.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.31 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

Arizona’s offense has put up 5.4 runs per contest, including 5.4 per game over its last 10 games and 6.2 per game over its last five. The team has hit .282/.324/.497 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Diamondbacks’ offense has been led by left fielder David Peralta and first baseman Christian Walker. Peralta is hitting .330/.366/.547 with three home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored, and Walker’s line sits at .341/.398/.694 with seven homers, 15 RBIs and 14 runs.

The Cubs have gained 1.0 units and are 2-3 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in two of those games, as opposed to two that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Diamondbacks have netted 1.9 units and are 11-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in seven of those games, compared to nine that’ve cashed the under.

Cubs at Diamondbacks Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Chicago has recorded 15 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Arizona has 22 XBH over its last five.
  • Chicago has posted 19.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 16.2 over its last five.
  • The Cubs have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
  • The Cubs have a total OPS of .790 this season, including an OPS of .758 against left-handed pitchers. The Diamondbacks’ OPS sits at .809 overall and .870 against southpaws.