Ian Kennedy out to silence Cubs bats in MLB contest
Chicago Cubs vs Arizona Diamondbacks Odds
The Arizona Diamondbacks battle the visiting Chicago Cubs on Wednesday in MLB betting action at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks will rely on Ian Kennedy to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Jeff Samardzija will be his counterpart for the Cubs. Ian Kennedy is 3-7 this season, and Jeff Samardzija is 6-9.
Arizona was a -139 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Diamondbacks at No. 6 in the National League and the Cubs at No. 8 in the National League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Arizona has the National League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 8.8 hits per game. The Cubs average 8.3 hits per game, good for No. 11 on the National League list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Arizona has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cubs own the National League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.
Chicago lost its last outing, a 10-4 result against the Diamondbacks on July 23. Bettors who backed the Diamondbacks at -172 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (14) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Chicago didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 10-4 to Arizona on Tuesday at Chase Field.
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Arizona are 5-5
After playing Arizona are 3-7
After a loss are 8-2
Arizona Diamondbacks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Cubs at Diamondbacks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Chi Cubs' last 15 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona is 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Arizona's last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Arizona's last 13 games
Arizona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Chi Cubs at Arizona, Thursday, July 25