MLB Picks and Parlays: Cubs and Diamondbacks Continue Their Series on Saturday
Chicago Cubs has been slumping ever since these teams met at the start of August. On August 1st the Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 16-4. It was their 14th win in 17 games as they rocketed up to the top of the NL Central. They would go on to lose the last two games of that series as part of a 2-6 record heading into this series.
As such just three games separate Chicago from fourth-place Pittsburgh with St Louis breathing down the Cubs neck winners of six straight and one game back.
Arizona Diamondbacks has been sitting comfortably in a playoff spot for most of the season, but they have been a mediocre team for weeks. It just so happens that the rest of the league has had its fair share of ups and downs.
They went just 10-14 in July and are 4-6 in August. The pitching has been the backbone of this team for most of the year, but they have slumped to a 4.97 ERA this month. Arizona has lost four of five coming into this series.
On Friday night Chicago pulled away in the late innings for an 8-3 win. They scored three in the eighth to secure the win as six players drove in runs and John Lackey won his fifth in a row.
Since the All-Star break the Cubs have a 3.54 ERA and are averaging 5.24 RPG.
Arizona has a 4.05 ERA and are averaging 4.88 RPG.
Willson Contreras has been far and away the Cubs most productive hitter since the break with 29 RBIs and a .311 average in 23 games. But he’s slated to return sometime in September after injuring his hamstring Thursday. Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez are next on the list, each with six home runs and 15 RBIs in that time span.
Paul Goldschmidt has been tearing it up for Arizona with 23 RBIs and a .337 average since the break. Jake Lamb has 23 RBIs as well, but he’s hitting just .190. J.D. Martinez is only hitting .238 since coming over from the Tigers at the deadline, but his seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 18 games has been a welcome addition.
Jon Lester (8-6, 3.97 ERA) has looked pretty good over his last five starts after his fair share of struggles this year. He allowed three runs in 6.2 innings of a 9-4 loss to the Nationals last time out. It’s the fifth straight game he’s allowed three runs or less. Chicago had won four straight starts before the loss last game.
Patrick Corbin (8-11, 4.76 ERA) has also pitched rather well since the start of July after a very rough start to his season. He’s allowed two runs or less in six of his last nine starts. But he gave up three earned runs (six total) in a 6-3 loss to the Giants last time. And that follows having allowed seven earned runs (eight total) in a 16-4 loss to the Cubs in his previous start.
- Chi Cubs is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Chi Cubs is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Chi Cubs is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
- Arizona is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Arizona is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Cash It In: The Cubs are -110 favorites and the Diamondbacks +100 underdogs. The way these two teams are currently playing makes it a tough call, but I like Arizona to have a bounce back game in front of their home crowd. Diamondbacks 6-5.