Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/20/2014
Monday, April 21, 8:05 PM on FSAZ, CSCh
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Arizona - Arroyo, B (1-1) vs. Chicago - Wood, T (0-2)
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Bronson Arroyo (1-1) had an ailing Spring Training while dealing with a bulging disc in his back and recent performances indicate he might not be 100%. The pitcher tries to get back on track Monday night at Wrigley Field as the Diamondbacks take on Travis Wood (0-2) and the Cubs. Arroyo has failed to pitch 5+ innings in each of his 3 starts this year, culminating in getting rocked for 9 runs in 3 1/3 innings on April 15th against the Mets, pushing his season ERA to 9.95.
Chicago's Luis Valbuena will be rolling out the welcome mat for Arroyo as the 3B is 6 for 13 (.462) with 4 doubles and 2 HR against the pitcher. Arroyo made three starts against the Cubs in 2013 and was 2-1 despite allowing 3 runs or less in each outing. The 37-year-old Arroyo has made 29 career starts against Chicago, going 13-10 with a 2.91 ERA.
Travis Wood has pitched well for Chicago this season but it hasn't transcended into the win column. The left-hander has allowed 3, 1, and 2 runs in his three starts for a commendable 3.00 ERA on the year. Wood knew he wouldn't get much run support in his last outing against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees and he was right as Chicago lost 0-2 to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Wood took the bump one time last year against the Diamondbacks, allowing 4 runs over 5.2 innings in a 4-10 Cubs loss on July 23rd. For his career Wood has lined up against Arizona 5 times, going only 1-4 with a 6.33 ERA. The D'Backs current roster hits Wood well, going a combined 12 for 30 (.400) with 4 doubles, a triple, and a Martin Prado HR.
Arizona Betting Trends
Arizona is 13-6-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Arizona is -2.4
Chicago Betting Trends
Chicago is 8-7-1 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago is -0.8
Injuries to Watch
04/18/14 P David Hernandez Elbow 60-day DL (3/27), out for season
03/31/14 P Daniel Hudson Elbow 15-day DL (3/29)
03/27/14 P Matt Reynolds Elbow 15-day DL (3/19)
03/27/14 P Patrick Corbin Elbow 60-day DL (3/19), out for season
04/19/14 1B Anthony Rizzo Back probable
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Jake Arrieta Shoulder 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Chicago
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