Saturday, September 5, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Robbie Ray (3-10) vs. Jake Arrieta (17-6)
The Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Chicago Cubs on Saturday at Wrigley Field. The probable starters are Robbie Ray for the Diamondbacks and Jake Arrieta for the Cubs. The opening line for this matchup has Arizona at +196 and Chicago at -212. The over/under was set at 0. 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 have a 57-67 over/under record and a 60-72 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 46% of the time.
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The Diamondbacks head into this matchup with a 65-69 record, including 34-34 on the road. Robbie Ray has a 3-10 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.72 and a 1.32 WHIP. In his starts, the Diamondbacks are 4-13 over his 96.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 93 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 5-11. His teammates are averaging 2.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.54 and they've given up 442 hits on the season. 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.
Arizona ranks 6th in the league in team batting average at .266 while hitting .261 on the road. Ranked at 6th in the league in on-base percentage, the Diamondbacks sit at .325 and they hold a .409 team slugging percentage. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.31 hits per game and A.J. Pollock leads the team with 162.
With a 40-28 home record, Chicago will hope to improve on their 75-57 overall mark. Jake Arrieta has a record of 17-6 while sporting an earned run average of 2.11 on the year with a 0.94 WHIP. In his starts, the Cubs are 19-8 and he has allowed 128 hits over 183 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 8-14. His teammates score an average of 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.55 and they have given up 384 hits on the season. 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.
They rank 30th in the league in team batting average with a .241 average while hitting .236 at home. Ranked at 15th in the league in on-base percentage, the Cubs sit at .318 and they hold a .393 team slugging percentage. They rank 29th in baseball with 8.12 hits per game and Anthony Rizzo leads the team with 135.
The Diamondbacks have committed 65 errors and have combined for 1,448 assists and 3,659 put outs leading to a .987 team fielding percentage. 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
09/04/15 1B Paul Goldschmidt Personal probable Saturday vs Chicago Cubs
09/04/15 2B Aaron Hill Hamstring "?" Saturday 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
09/04/15 C Kyle Schwarber Ribs out indefinitely
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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