Chicago Cubs (60-55, O/U 53-56) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (64-51, O/U 52-57)
MLB: Wednesday August 10, 2017 Chase Field Phoenix, Arizona 7:05 pm ET
Lines: Cubs -127 / Diamondbacks +115 O/U: 9.5 runs
The Cubs had lost two in a row before beating the Diamondbacks in the first game of this series. They have lost six of their last nine games and with the St. Louis Cardinals winning seven in a row Chicago only leads them by one half game in the NL Central with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers only 2.5 games back. The Cubs had only totaled four runs in their two losses before scoring eight in Game 1 of this series. Jon Lester gets the start in this game and looks for his 9th win of the season.
The Diamondbacks have lost three in a row and while they are out of the NL West race they still have the 2nd NL Wild Card 4.5 games up on the Cardinals. Arizona is a balanced team and while they rank 2nd in the Majors in team ERA they have given up eight runs in each of their last two games. Patrick Corbin also looks for his 9th win and while he had 10strikeouts in his last start Arizona still lost.
The Cubs are 10-4 in their last 14 games against the Diamondbacks.
Lineup wakes up
The Cubs beat the Diamondbacks 8-3 in the first game of this series where the lineup woke up after only scoring four runs in their previous two games. Chicago scored three runs in the first two innings, went deep twice in the game, and banged out 11 hits. John Lackey picked up his 10th win going five innings and giving up three runs on four hits. Kris Bryant went 3 for 3 in the game and he is riding a nine-game hitting streak. Anthony Rizzo leads the team in HR and RBI, but has not gone yard in nine straight games and in that span only has one RBI. This season the Cubs are 31-28 on the road.
Jon Lester (8-6 3.97 ERA) gave up three earned runs in six innings in his last start, which was a 9-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. The Cubs had won his previous four starts where he had gone 25 innings and given up eight earned runs. This is Lester’s first start of the season facing the Diamondbacks. Chicago has won his last five road starts, but they have lost six of his last eight starts facing a team with a winning record.
Not the best outing for Walker
In the Diamondbacks loss to the Cubs in Game 1 of this series Taijuan Walker took the loss in a less than impressive outing where he gave up five earned runs in five innings. David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt each had HR and overall Arizona only had five hits in the game. Goldschmidt leads club in batting average, HR, and RBI, is hitting .333 in August, and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. The reason the Diamondbacks are in the playoff picture is because of their play at home where they are 32-21 on the season.
Patrick Corbin (8-11 4.76 ERA) was rocked for six runs, three earned, in six innings in his last start, which was a 6-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants. The Diamondbacks have lost his last two starts where he has given up 14 runs on 17 hits in only nine innings. One of Corbin’s worst starts of the season was the one previous to his last one facing the Cubs where he was lit up for eight runs and gave up three HR in only three innings. Arizona has lost seven of Corbin’s last nine starts overall, but they have won eight of his last 11 home starts.