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Cubs Look to Sweep Diamondbacks Tonight

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Cubs Trying to Take Control of the NL East

The Chicago Cubs look to complete a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. They would also win for the sixth time in seven contests in the Wednesday series finale. Chicago delivered a 9-1 thrashing on Tuesday. The Cubbies have won the first two games by a cumulative 14-2 score.

The Cubs have a 3.5 game lead in the NL East entering Wednesday’s action. The Diamondbacks have fallen 6 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers. The DBacks are also 5.5 games out of the last Wildcard spot.

TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, FS Arizona

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Cole Hamels (9-9, 3.67 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Robbie Ray (5-2, 4.14)

Odds: Arizona is a -112-moneyline favorite. The total is 8 -110.

Tonight’s Pitching Matchup Should be a Good One

Hamels is 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA in nine starts since being acquired from Texas. He hasn’t received a decision in his last four outings despite posting a 2.70 ERA. Hamels also had 25 strikeouts in 23 innings during that stretch.

Hamels is 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA in nine career starts against the Diamondbacks. He has shut down Paul Goldschmidt (1-for-8) and A.J. Pollock (0-for-8).

Ray has gone 2-0 in 11 starts since suffering a loss to Colorado on July 12. He has posted a 1.93 ERA over his last five starts. Ray has picked up  two victories in that span.

Ray allowed one run and four hits over seven innings in a no-decision against the Cubs on July 25 and is 0-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts versus the team.

PREDICTION: Cubs 8, Diamondbacks 3

Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Chi Cubs 89-62 $375.00 21-12 68-50 78-45 10-17 65-82-4 0.81
Arizona 78-74 -$210.00 27-26 51-48 53-51 25-22 69-77-6 0.32
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
C Hamels (9-9) ERA: 3.67
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 14, 2018 CIN W 3-2 U 6.2 $51.00
Sep 8, 2018 WSH L 5-6 O 5.2 -$100.00
Sep 3, 2018 MIL L 3-4 U 6 -$100.00
Robbie Ray (5-2) ERA: 4.14
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Sep 14, 2018 HOU W 4-2 U 5.1 $165.00
Sep 9, 2018 ATL L 5-9 O 6 -$100.00
Sep 4, 2018 SD W 6-0 U 6.1 $57.00

Bullpen

Chi Cubs’s relievers have pitched 7.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Arizona’s relievers have pitched 11.2 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Chicago Cubs – C Hamels

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Aug 23, 2013 4-3 PHI 7 6 3 3 1 4 No Decision
May 9, 2013 2-1 ARI 6 6 2 2 5 3 Loss
Apr 25, 2012 7-2 PHI 8 4 2 2 1 7 Win
Apr 27, 2011 8-4 PHI 7 4 3 3 1 8 Win
Jul 27, 2010 9-5 PHI 5 6 3 3 4 8 No Decision

Arizona Diamondbacks – Robbie Ray

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Jul 25, 2018 2-1 CHC 7 4 1 1 1 6 No Decision
Apr 8, 2016 3-2 ARI 6 4 2 2 4 3 No Decision
Sep 5, 2015 2-0 CHC 5 4 2 2 3 8 Loss

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 4.72 8 4.00 6
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.65 9 4.09 10
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.32 19 3.91 5
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.49 16 3.55 2

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Sep 18, 2018 CHC 9 ARI 1 O Mike Montgomery (L) Matt Andriese (R) 12 4 2 1 14 12
Sp 17, 2018 CHC 5 ARI 1 -136 7.5 U Kyle Hendricks (R) Patrick Corbin (L) 9 3 1 1 10 8
Jul 26, 2018 ARI 6 CHC 7 102 9.5 O Zack Godley (R) Tyler Chatwood (R) 9 9 9 2 7 8
Jl 25, 2018 ARI 1 CHC 2 -104 8.5 U Robbie Ray (L) Jon Lester (L) 5 5 0 3 9 6
Jul 24, 2018 ARI 5 CHC 1 -159 9 U Clay Buchholz (R) Kyle Hendricks (R) 12 6 4 3 13 11
Jl 23, 2018 ARI 7 CHC 1 -110 8.5 U Patrick Corbin (L) Luke Farrell (R) 9 7 4 0 5 10
Aug 13, 2017 CHC 7 ARI 2 -105 9 P Jake Arrieta (R) Zack Godley (R) 9 4 5 5 12 12
Ag 12, 2017 CHC 2 ARI 6 -114 9.5 U Jon Lester (L) Patrick Corbin (L) 9 12 2 3 10 11
Aug 11, 2017 CHC 8 ARI 3 -118 10.5 O John Lackey (R) Taijuan Walker (R) 11 5 5 5 6 9
Ag 3, 2017 ARI 10 CHC 8 -141 9 O Zack Greinke (R) Jose Quintana (L) 13 11 3 6 13 15

MLB Betting Odds & Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Chicago Cubs

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 89-62 47-27 42-35 78-43 14-18 64-82-4 21-12 68-50
Last 10 6-4 3-3 3-1 4-4 1-0 1-8 2-1 4-3
vs Div 37-32 21-11 16-21 37-22 2-9 26-40-3 4-2 33-30
vs AL 11-6 7-3 4-3 10-4 1-2 8-9 3-0 8-6
vs NL 78-56 40-24 38-32 68-39 13-16 56-73-4 18-12 60-44

Arizona Diamondbacks

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 78-74 37-37 41-37 53-47 26-25 68-77-6 27-26 51-48
Last 10 2-8 0-3 2-5 1-3 1-4 5-4 1-2 1-6
vs Div 36-31 17-15 19-16 25-19 12-11 31-34-2 21-18 15-13
vs AL 10-10 6-4 4-6 5-5 5-5 7-11-2 2-2 8-8
vs NL 68-64 31-33 37-31 48-42 21-20 61-66-4 25-24 43-40
Team Last 5 Games

Chicago Cubs

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Sep 18, 2018 ARI 9-1 W Mike Montgomery 6 M Andriese A
Sp 17, 2018 ARI 5-1 W 126 7.5 K Hendricks 8.2 P Corbin A
Sep 16, 2018 CIN 1-2 L -150 8 J Quintana 5 Luis Castillo H
Sp 15, 2018 CIN 1-0 W -208 8.5 J Lester 7 Cody Reed H
Sep 14, 2018 CIN 3-2 W -197 8.5 C Hamels 6.2 M Harvey H

Arizona Diamondbacks

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Sep 18, 2018 CHC 1-9 L M Andriese 2 Mike Montgomery H
Sp 17, 2018 CHC 1-5 L -136 7.5 P Corbin 6 K Hendricks H
Sep 16, 2018 HOU 4-5 L 177 7.5 Z Greinke 6.1 J Verlander A
Sp 15, 2018 HOU 4-10 L 153 8 Zack Godley 3.2 C Morton A
Sep 14, 2018 HOU 4-2 W 165 8 Robbie Ray 5.1 D Keuchel A

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