Friday, September 4, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Zack Godley (4-0) vs. Jon Lester (8-10)
The Arizona Diamondbacks visit Wrigley Field on Friday to play the Chicago Cubs. The Diamondbacks send Zack Godley to the mound to face Jon Lester of the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Arizona at +225 and Chicago at -245. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Diamondbacks, with a 70-64 run line record, cover the spread 52% of the time. They also have a 68-58 over/under record. The Cubs are 60-72 against the run line and have a 57-67 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
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The Diamondbacks come into this game with a 65-69 record, and they are 34-34 away from home. Starting pitcher Zack Godley holds a 4-0 record with an earned run average of 1.90 and a WHIP of 1.10. In his starts, the Diamondbacks are 3-0 over his 23.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 18 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 3-0. He is getting 7.3 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 442 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.54. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen while being struck out 395 times and walking 165 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07.
As a team, Arizona is batting .266, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .261 average away from home. The Diamondbacks on-base percentage sits at .325, which puts them at 5th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .409. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.31 hits per game and A.J. Pollock leads the team with 161.
With a 75-57 overall record, Chicago will come into this game 40-28 at home. With an earned run average of 3.59, Jon Lester will come into this game holding a 8-10 record and a 1.21 WHIP. In his starts, the Cubs are 14-12 and he has allowed 157 hits over 163 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 8-16. He is getting 3.3 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 384 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.55. Teams are hitting .238 against the Cubs bullpen while being struck out 403 times and walking 151 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.23 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.66 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .236 average at home. The Cubs on-base percentage sits at .318, which puts them at 15th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .393. They rank 29th in baseball with 8.12 hits per game and Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 135.
In terms of team defense, the Diamondbacks have a fielding percentage of .987 with 65 total errors, 1,448 assists and 3,659 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .982 team fielding percentage while committing 91 errors, accumulating 1,347 assists and compiling 3,569 put outs.
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 68-58 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 70-64 against the run line so far this season
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 57-67 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago Cubs are 60-72 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/03/15 1B Paul Goldschmidt Personal expected to miss Friday vs. Chicago Cubs
09/02/15 2B Aaron Hill Hamstring "?" Friday vs. Chicago Cubs
08/20/15 P Jeremy Hellickson Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
05/30/15 C Tuffy Gosewisch Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/28), out for season
09/02/15 C Kyle Schwarber Ribs "?" Friday vs Arizona Diamondbacks
08/25/15 P Jason Motte Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
08/25/15 RF Jorge Soler Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
07/29/15 P Neil Ramirez Abdominal Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
04/15/15 2B Tommy La Stella Ribs Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/9)
04/06/15 P Jacob Turner Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Josh's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks
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