It’s not impossible that the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks meet in this year’s playoffs – the Cubbies are going but the Diamondbacks have work to do. Diamondbacks vs Cubs 4.0 is set in the Windy City on Thursday afternoon with it nationally televised and Chicago as the slight favorite at the latest MLB lines.
How to Bet Diamondbacks vs Cubs MLB Odds & Game Info
Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, and @PatrickCorbin46 played together long before arriving to Chase Field.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) 26 de julio de 2018
- When: Thursday, 2:20 PM ET
- Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Zack Godley/Tyler Chatwood
- TV: MLB Network
- Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: TuneIn
- MLB Lines: Chicago Cubs -120 / Arizona Diamondbacks -120 (Total TBA)
Why Bet on Arizona?
The Snakes are going for the series win after taking two of the first three and losing 2-1 on Wednesday thanks to an eight-inning unearned run for Chicago. On Monday, Patrick Corbin was excellent in allowing one run over seven innings and striking out nine in a 7-1 victory. The only run he allowed came on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Anthony Rizzo in the sixth with the Diamondbacks leading by six runs at the time.
On Tuesday, Clay Buchholz limited the Cubs to one run over 6 2/3 innings in the Diamondbacks’ 5-1 victory. Buchholz was making his first start in the majors in exactly a month after dealing with a strained oblique, but he showed no rustiness. The Cubbies managed only six hits and a couple walks against the veteran right-hander.
A.J. Pollock has reached base safely in his last 10 starts (.385; 15-for-39) with 3 doubles, 1 home run, 6 RBI and 3 walks. Paul Goldschmidt is a career .362 hitter (51-for-141) vs. Cubs, tied for the fourth-best average all-time (min. 150 PA). Goldschmidt owns a 25-game on-base streak on the road, the third-longest active streak in the Majors behind Shin-Soo Choo/TEX (29) and Alex Bregman/HOU (27). Goldschmidt’s 25-game streak is the second longest on the road in his career. His record is twenty-eight games from Sept. 10, 2013-May 7, 2014 and 24.
It’s Zack Godley (11-6, 4.65) on the mound here. Godley allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out six across five innings Saturday against the Rockies. He did not factor into the decision. Godley didn’t allow a home run for the fifth consecutive start but was derailed by struggles with his control, evidenced by four walks and two wild pitches. Free passes have been the major culprit for his struggles throughout the season as in the six starts he has allowed only one walk this season, he has allowed only nine earned runs across 37.2 innings.
Godley has won 4 straight road starts with a 2.78 ERA (7 ER in 22.2 IP). He is 1-2 with a 4.70 ERA (8 ER in 15.1 IP) in 3 career starts vs. Cubs. Godley tossed 6.0 scoreless innings in his last start at Wrigley Field on Aug. 2, 2017. Godley was from the Cubs on Dec. 9, 204 with RHP Jefferson Mejia for C Miguel Montero.
Why Bet on Chicago Cubs?
The Cubbies are slumping offensively (just four runs in series) and ravaged by injuries. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said it’s possible Kris Bryant (shoulder) will need another DL stint. “Everything is in play,” Maddon told reporters on Wednesday. Bryant sat out a second straight game due to renewed discomfort in his left shoulder. He missed nearly three weeks of action before the All-Star break with the very same issue. David Bote could get another look if Bryant winds up officially inactive for a stretch.
Javier Baez (knee) didn’t start Wednesday but did pinch-hit. Baez made an early exit from Tuesday night’s loss to Arizona after getting struck in the knee by Steven Souza on a slide at the base. It’s not believed to be a serious thing. Closer Brandon Morrow said Wednesday that he feels like he’s “going in the right direction” in his recovery from a biceps injury. He still has some soreness in his upper right arm and he has not picked up a baseball since landing on the disabled list July 19. Morrow will probably need at least another week off.
Chicago starts the wildest pitcher in the majors on Thursday: Tyler Chatwood (4-5, 4.84), he of the MLB-high 79 walks. Chatwood walked six batters and struck out just two in 5.1 innings Saturday against the Cardinals but earned the win after allowing just one run on one hit. Just 40 of Chatwood’s 85 pitches were strikes, but the Cardinals were unable to capitalize on his frequent walks, scoring just once on a Matt Carpenter solo homer. Chatwood has walked more batters than he’s struck out (78).
Chatwood will make his 19th start of the season. The Cubs are 4-0 in his last four starts and 10-5 in his last 15 starts. Chatwood has gone at least 5.0 innings in six straight starts. He has a 3.68 ERA (15 ER/36.2 IP) in seven road starts compared to a 5.64 ERA (33 ER/52.2 IP) in 11 home starts. The former Colorado Rockie has gone 5-3 with a 4.09 ERA (25 ER/55.0 IP) in 11 games, including nine starts, in his career against Arizona.
Latest MLB Betting Trends
- Diamondbacks are 4-0 in Godley’s last 4 road starts
- Diamondbacks are 5-0 in Godley’s last 5 Thursday starts
- Cubs are 5-1 in Chatwood’s last 6 home starts
- Arizona is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Arizona is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games
- Chicago is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Chicago is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs’s last 12 games
Expert MLB Betting Prediction for Diamondback vs Cubs
Don’t trust wild Chatwood at all … take Arizona.