Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs 5-21-22

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs 5/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs 5/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Arizona Diamondbacks (20-21) will slug it out with the Chicago Cubs (15-23) in Game 3 of 4 of the NL Interdivision tournament at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 2:20 PM ET. Arizona has been swinging their bats better lately when they defeated Chicago in the first two installments of a four-game set.

 

The Diamondbacks scored a total of 13 runs while allowing the Cubs to just 7 in the back-to-back win. Arizona is in 4th place at 20-21 in the National League West Division with a .488 team percentage and 7 games behind first-place after tallying 153 runs while allowing 175 for a -22 run difference for the season.

 

Zac Gallen controlled the mound in the first round on Thursday with 2 hits, one earned run, and 3 walks yielded but struck out 4 batters in 5.0 innings pitched. 3B Josh Rojas led the offense for the D-Backs in the second match on Friday with 3 runs scored on 3 hits and knocked 4 RBIs in the victory.   

 

1B Christian Walker took the lead in the offense of Arizona with his team-high of 10 home runs and 19 RBIs with a batting average of .209 while CF Daulton Varsho averages .250 at the plate in leading his team with an OBP at .320 and a slugging percentage of .456 for the year.

 

Arizona will be sending right-hander Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 2.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 21 Ks) to the pitcher’s mound to start game 3 against Chicago on Saturday. Bumgarner surrendered 28 hits, 4 home runs, and 14 bases on balls in 35.1 innings pitched in his career starts in the majors this season.

 

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 5/21/2022

 

The Chicago Cubs will try to bounce back after losing the first two installments of a series versus the Diamondbacks. The Cubs lost at 1-3 on Thursday and 6-10 on Friday.

 

Chicago is in 4th place at 15-23 in the National League Central Division with a team percentage of .395 and 9 contests behind first place after gaining 155 runs while losing 157 for a run difference of -2 on the year.

 

Marcus Stroman finished 5.0 innings in giving away 5 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 6 hitters for the Cubs in losing game 1. Kyle Hendricks struggled on the mound giving up 8 hits, 7 earned runs, and 2 walks but fanned out 3 batters in pitching for 5.0 innings in the loss.

 

3B Patrick Wisdom powered the offense of Chicago with his team-leading 7 home runs and 18 runs batted in with a batting average of .207. CF Ian Happ averages .265 at the plate in leading the Cubs while adding a team-high on-base percentage of .385 and slugging .385 for the season.

 

Southpaw Justin Steele (1-4, 4.50 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 29 Ks) will be on his way to the hill to start the 3rd match against Arizona on Saturday afternoon. The left-handed thrower conceded 29 hits, one homer, and 15 free bases in finishing 28.0 innings in his career starts this season.    

 

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs. The MLB Pick for this contest is Arizona +125. The Diamondbacks will take control of this match-up after gaining momentum from winning the first two installments of this series over the Cubs.

 

Chicago will be playing without 2B Nico Hoerner due to an ankle injury and the Cubs struggled at home with a 6-14 record. Prediction: The Arizona Diamondbacks will win 5-4.  

 

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs 5/21/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:20 PM ET

 

Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL

 

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022

 

TV: Marquee, BSAZ

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Arizona Diamondbacks +125        

                

MLB Totals: 8

 

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