Every team in the MLB plays with some level of pressure on them, but there is perhaps no greater pressure than that experienced by the Chicago Cubs. After all, this is the team that has the longest World Series drought in the history of the game, and which has become synonymous with failure because of that. There is a definite sense that things are about to change, though, as the Cubs were one of the most exciting young teams in the league last season. All of their top prospects have come good at the same time, and Chicago were aggressive in the off season, adding veteran talent that should take this team to the next level. They will be going up against a Diamondbacks team on Saturday that has also made a major splash in the free agent market. The Diamondbacks will be better this year, but are they good enough to keep up with the Cubs? Once you answer that question, why not make a wager at our MyBookie.ag MLB betting odds portal.
How To Bet The Cubs Vs Diamondbacks MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 9 at 8:10 PM EST
Where: Chase Field, Arizona
Starting Pitchers: Cubs: Kyle Hendricks vs D-backs: Zack Grienke
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Chicago Cubs
We may only be 3 games into the 2016 season, but the Chicago Cubs (3-0) have already served notice that they are going to be one of the teams to beat this year. Not only are they unbeaten, they already have a run differential of +22, which is staggering after just 3 games. They opened up the season with a 2-game sweep of the LA Angels before shelling the Diamondbacks in the opening game of this series. It’s not all good news for Chicago, though, as they may have lot Kyle Schwarber for an extended period after he collided with the outfield wall on Thursday night. This is a deep squad, though, so don’t look for the loss to be too painful. Kyle Hendricks went 8-7 with a 3.95 ERA with the Cubs last season.
Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks
For the first time in years, there is some reason for Diamondbacks (1-3) fans to be optimistic heading into a new season. Arizona were a busy team in the offseason, and they landed one of the best pitchers in the game when they stole Zack Greinke away from the Dodgers. They also added Shelby Miller, and now have a starting rotation that is the envy of many. Of course, spending a ton of money is no guarantee that they will have a high level of success, but it at least shows a willingness to win at all costs. Greinke (0-1, 15.75 ERA) was not sharp in the season opener, so look for him to bounce back in this one.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It may seem hard to believe, but the Diamondbacks have a pretty decent history versus the Cubs in recent years. They are 5-2 when playing at home against the Cubs over the past 3 seasons, and with an expected rebound game from Greinke, I think they can improve that record.
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