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Offense Not An Issue For The Cubs

Last year was supposed to be a coming out party for the Chicago Cubs, but a middling offense ultimately ended up being their undoing. That is not an issue so far this season as the team has scored 15 runs through their first two games. The Cubbies will look to continue rolling when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend, a team they have gone 4-1 against in their past five meetings.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 1-6 in their past seven games at Chase Field.
  • De La Rosa gave up 14 runs in 16.1 innings in Spring Training.
  • Jason Heyward, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber are a combined 1-for-20 this season.

John Lackey will make his first start for the Cubs after signing a two-year deal with the team in the offseason. Lackey had his best year in over a decade last season when the righty posted a 2.77 ERA with 175 strikeouts while posting a ridiculous WAR of 5.6.

Rubby De La Rosa, who is coming off an unimpressive Spring Training, struggled mightily against the Cubs last season. The right-hander gave up seven runs across 11.0 innings in two starts against the Cubs last year.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the Arizona Diamondbacks as 108 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 9 at shops such as Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.1-3.8 result in favor of the Cubs. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Chicago Cubs vs Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Arizona Diamondbacks sport a record of 1-2 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 2-0 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Arizona vs Chicago injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 21-rated Arizona Diamondbacks and the league No. 2-ranked Chicago Cubs, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Arizona Diamondbacks No. 7-ranked scoring average of 6.33 runs per game, against a Chicago Cubs offense rated No. 3 and scoring 7.5 runs per game. The Diamondbacks have averaged 11.67 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cubs hitters have managed (10 per nine innings).

Chicago brings the No. 2-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Diamondbacks's No. 25-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Angels, a 6-1 final on Tuesday in support of J Lester at Angel Stadium.

Arizona looks to rebound from a loss to the Rockies, who beat them 4-3 on Wednesday behind a start from T Chatwood at Chase Field.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
  • Chi Cubs is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Chi Cubs is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs's last 9 games on the road
  • Arizona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Arizona, Friday, April 8th