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Quintana Has Been a Quality Start Machine for Cubbies

The first two games of the Chicago Cubs-Arizona Diamondbacks series at Wrigley Field have been polar opposites, as the Cubbies hammered the D-backs 16-4 in the series opener before Arizona answered back with a low-scoring 3-0 triumph. With the rubber match set for Thursday, sportsbooks opened the Diamondbacks as +117 road underdogs for the contest.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five games when closing out a series.
  • The Diamondbacks are 7-2 SU in their last nine games on Thursday.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Diamondbacks’ last 17 games on the road against teams with winning records.

Zack Greinke and Jose Quintana will get the start in this one. Greinke (13-4, 2.84 ERA) hasn’t lost a game since June 20, collecting wins in his first five decisions while notching a 2.08 ERA over his last six appearances. The hurler is 4-3 with a 4.02 ERA in nine career starts against the Cubs.

Quintana (6-9, 4.16) has posted three consecutive quality starts since moving to the North Side, going 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his first three starts in a Cubs uniform. The 28-year-old allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in a 2-1 setback to the Milwaukee Brewers in his last outing.

The UNDER is trending when these squads get together. In the last five meetings between the teams, the UNDER is 4-1.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.1-2.4 victory for the Cubs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Chicago (57-49) will face the 61-46 Diamondbacks in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Arizona injuries news.

The Chicago Cubs sit at No. 9 in the current MLB power poll here at OddsShark, while the Arizona Diamondbacks sit at No. 5 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 8.31 hits per game. The Arizona Diamondbacks average 8.79 hits per game, good for No. 12 on the list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Chicago has the No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Diamondbacks own the No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Zack Godley chucked 6 shutout innings at the Cubs in their last game, striking out 5 in a 3-0 win against Chicago in baseball action at Wrigley Field.

Betting Trends
  • Arizona is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games
  • Arizona is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Arizona is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Chi Cubs is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Arizona at San Francisco, Friday, August 4
Chicago home to Washington, Friday, August 4