Chicago Cubs vs Arizona by Sors

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Chicago-Cubs
VS
Arizona
The Chicago Cubs, who have 7 ½ games advantage over the Nationals in the race for the second wild-card spot in the National League, will send to the mound Jake Arrieta (17-6 with a 2.11 ERA).

 

The right-hander has been fantastic so far this year, as he’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in nineteen of his previous twenty seven starts in 2015.Arrieta threw his first no-hitter at Dodgers Stadium last Sunday (2-0) and is 6-0 with an amazing 0.43 ERA in his last six starts.

 

In the matter of fact, he had certain problems in his previous two starts versus Arizona (0-1 with a 4.27 ERA), though it should be noted, that those two outings were at Chase Field.

 

Paul Goldschmidt (.322 BA, 27 HR, 97 RBI) will return to the lineup for the second game of this series, but he is 0-for-4 with two walks lifetime against Arrieta.

 

The Diamondbacks have recorded at least four runs in seven of their last eight games, but won only three of those eight encounters, mainly due to the fact that Arizona’s relievers posted an 8.29 ERA over that span.

 

The Cubs, on the other hand, have totaled 69 runs in their last ten games at Wrigley Field (6.90 per game).

 

Robbie Ray (3-10 with a 3.72 ERA), who will start for Arizona, gave up 5 hits and 1 run, despite walking three over 5 2/3 innings of a 4-5 loss at Coors Field last Monday, but the left-hander surrendered at least three earned runs in each of his previous five starts (0-5 with a 7.03 ERA) and lasted less than six innings in three of those five outings.

 

This will be his first start versus Chicago, although he has already seen Chris Denorfia, Dexter Fowler and Austin Jackson.

 

Jackson is hitting .200 (1-for-5), with a walk and two strikeouts off Ray, but Denorfia is 3-for-3, with 1 RBI, while Dexter Fowler is 2-for-3 in the matchup.

 

I think that the hosts are capable to win the second game of this series with more than one run difference, especially with Jake Arrieta on the mound.

 

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Chicago Cubs - 1.50 Pinnacle 1.96 8 2-0 WON (+7.68 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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