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Cubs Have Been Absolutely Cruising Since the Break

Winning 14 of their 17 games since the all-star break, the Cubs are exactly who we thought they were. They went off for 16 runs against the Diamondbacks last night and they’ll be significant moneyline faves this evening when they call upon a pitcher in Jake Arrieta (10-7, 4.03 ERA) who’s turned his season around in a big way.

SHARK BITES
  • The Diamondbacks are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road against the Cubs.
  • The Cubs are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games against right-handed starting pitchers.
  • The Diamondbacks are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games with Zack Godley as the starting pitcher.

Like the Cubs, Arrieta has been excellent since the Midsummer Classic, posting a 2.33 ERA in his three starts in that span. Maybe it had something to do with his appearance in the Body Issue but the 31-year-old has looked good, allowing just 11 total hits in those three quality starts.

That said, Zack Godley (4-4, 3.06 ERA) has been a big factor in the Diamondbacks’ 3.53 team ERA and figures to give the Snakes another decent outing tonight. Chicago has been crushing righties of late but Godley is coming off a start in which he spun seven innings of shutout baseball against a Cards lineup that’s hit .260 against right-handed starters this season.

This matchup is close and given how talented the D-backs are, you may want to think about taking the value.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

57-48 Chicago battles the Diamondbacks, currently with a 60-46 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Arizona injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Chicago Cubs at No. 9 and the Arizona Diamondbacks at No. 5 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 8.36 hits per game. The Arizona Diamondbacks average 8.84 hits per game, good for No. 12 on the list.

Arizona brings the No. 2-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cubs's No. 7-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Arizona was scored on plenty on Tuesday, falling behind early and watching runners cross the plate all game in a 16-4 loss to Chicago.

Betting Trends
  • Arizona is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
  • Arizona is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Arizona is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Chi Cubs is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games
  • Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Arizona at Chicago, Thursday, August 3

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