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Lester Has Been a Road Warrior for the Cubs of Late

We’re still in the dog days of summer, but the playoffs aren’t that far away and the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks are well aware of that. The NL squads will do battle on Saturday, where books opened the D-backs as +123 home underdogs with a total of 9.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Cubs are 13-3 in their last 16 road games.
  • The Cubs are 4-1 in the last five meetings in Arizona.
  • The Diamondbacks are 1-5 in their last six overall.

Jon Lester and Patrick Corbin are expected to get the nod for the Cubs and Diamondbacks. Lester (8-6, 3.97 ERA) extended his unbeaten streak to five in his last game on Sunday when he allowed three runs and six hits over 6.2 innings against Washington but got a second straight no-decision as a result. The ace has yet to be defeated by Arizona, as he’s 2-0 despite owning a 4.94 ERA in five career starts against them.

Corbin (8-11, 4.76) has surrendered 14 runs (10 earned) and 17 hits over nine innings in his past two outings. Both losses came on the road, where the 28-year-old is 2-8 with a 6.79 ERA in 11 games this season. Corbin has made five career starts against the Cubs and won his first three decisions before allowing eight runs and 10 hits in a loss on August 1.

Hitting the road hasn’t been a problem for Lester of late. In the hurler’s last five road starts, the Cubs are a perfect 5-0.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Arizona Diamondbacks as 123 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.1-3.6 win for the Cubs on Saturday. 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 64-51 heading into this matchup, while the Chicago Cubs sit at 60-54 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Arizona vs Chicago injuries news.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Arizona Diamondbacks rated this week at No. 6 and the Chicago Cubs sitting at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Arizona Diamondbacks and its No. 6-rated batting order, averaging 4.97 runs per nine innings, against the No. 13 line up of the Chicago Cubs at 4.72 runs per outing.

Chicago brings the No. 8-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Diamondbacks's No. 3-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago rolled to a 8-3 win against Arizona on Friday, as John Lackey and the Cubs' bats led the team to victory at Chase Field.

Betting Trends
  • Chi Cubs is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • Chi Cubs is 11-5 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
  • Chi Cubs is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • Arizona is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Arizona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Arizona is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago at Arizona, Sunday, August 13