MLB Game Preview - Cubs underdogs vs Diamondbacks at Arizona
Chicago Cubs vs Arizona Diamondbacks Odds
The Arizona Diamondbacks host Chicago on Thursday, looking to build on their 52-48 mark against the 44-54 Cubs in MLB betting action at Chase Field.
Carlos Villanueva, with a record of 1-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Cubs, while the Diamondbacks trot Wade Miley to the mound in this one. He is 6-8 so far in 2013.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Diamondbacks as -175 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 8-rated Cubs taking on the National League's No. 6-rated Diamondbacks in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Arizona's National League No. 5-ranked scoring average of 4.2 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.1 runs per game in the league. The Diamondbacks have averaged 8.8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cubs hitters have managed (8.3 per nine innings).
Defensively, Chicago features the National League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Arizona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the National League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.
The Cubs were a 7-6 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +125 on the moneyline, while the total score (13) was good news for OVER bettors. Chicago needed extra innings to get the job done against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday as the Cubs defeated them 7-6 at Chase Field.
A few Cubs at Diamondbacks trends to consider:
Chi Cubs are 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games ,
Chi Cubs are 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games ,on the road
Chi Cubs are 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games ,when playing Arizona
Chi Cubs are 2-7-1 SU in their last 10 games ,when playing on the road against Arizona
Arizona7-2-1 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
Arizona is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games ,
Chi Cubs at San Francisco, Friday, July 26
Arizona home to San Diego, Friday, July 26