Arizona vs Chicago MLB Odds Analysis
The Chicago Cubs open a weekend series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks with one of their signature Friday matinees. The Cubs (36-15) have the best record in all of baseball (and are first in the National League Central. The Diamondbacks (23-32) are in fourth place in the National League West and have dropped three in a row against the Houston Astros. Find the latest MLB run lines here.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs MLB Odds Analysis
When: Friday, June 3, 2016, 2:20pm Eastern time
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
Radio: 670 AM The Score Chicago
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: TBA
Pitching Matchup: A. Bradley (2-0) (ARI) vs J. Lackey (5-2) (CHI)
Why should you bet on Arizona?
It’s difficult to argue for putting your money on the Diamondbacks in this matchup straight up right now, because none of their starters have been pitching well, and their offense has been scuffling. They are showing some signs of life, though — in their 5-4 loss to the Astros, Michael Bourn slugged an RBI double in the top of the ninth, cutting a 4-1 Astro lead to 4-2. Then, Jake Lamb pounded a two-run blast to bring the game level at 4-4. The Astros were able to score the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth, but hopefully the Diamondbacks can scrape together some more offense against Jon Lackey.
Why should you put your money on the Cubs?
The Cub offense has been struggling a bit. On Tuesday, the Dodgers shut them out, 5-0, and then the Cubs were barely able to scratch out a 2-1 win on Wednesday, a game in which they only had three base hits but were fortunate to see a gem from Jon Lester, who threw a complete game, scattering four hits and just permitting one run.
Expert Pick and Final Prediction
Wrigley Field is a tough place to win, and the Diamondbacks simply haven’t been finishing games lately. I think Lackey can manage the Arizon lineup, so I’m predicting a 4-1 Cub win.