Arizona Diamondbacks (72-68) vs. Chicago Cubs (76-64)
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs 9/7/2023 – As Major League Baseball nears its postseason, two critical matches take place tonight as Arizona Diamondbacks (72-68) and Chicago Cubs (76-64) vie for playoff spots; their meeting at Wrigley Field could have long-lasting ramifications.
The Diamondbacks have been an uninspiring team this season. Their batting average stands at just 0.252 and they have managed to score 645 runs on 1178 hits; including 151 homers. Though their offensive statistics are impressive, their pitching leaves something to be desired with 4.62 ERA and 1.34 WHIP figures.
The Cubs have fared slightly better in most metrics compared to their rivals; their batting average currently sits at 0.254, and they have scored 708 runs since becoming champions last season. Furthermore, their pitchers boast an acceptable 4.08 ERA with 1.27 WHIP figures. Wrigley Field will host tonight’s contest. For more insights and predictions, check out free accurate MLB picks.
Diamondbacks vs. Cubs Game Info
|When:||Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 7:40 PM ET|
Ryne Nelson (6-7, 5.47 ERA) vs. Javier Assad (3-2, 2.69 ERA)
Ryne Nelson has experienced an up-and-down season, as evidenced by his 6-7 win-loss record and 5.47 ERA. Over 125 innings pitched this year he has given up an alarming total of 145 hits including 22 homers. These numbers demonstrate his susceptibility to hard contact from batters which may allow them to score runs against him easily. Furthermore, his 1.46 WHIP suggests difficulty maintaining control as evidenced by his 82 strikeouts against 37 walks ratio; though Nelson has seen some bright spots this season; entering this important game as somewhat underdog against his counterpart who may also enter with their pitching match-up against each other this time.
Javier Assad‘s limited innings should not diminish his overall impressive season performance. With a 3-2 Win-Loss record and 2.69 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, his pitching makes him a formidable foe on the mound; his strikeout-to-walk ratio surpassing Nelson with 67 K/33 walks over 87 IP and only 9 Homeruns allowed in those same innings pitched! Considering all this pressure in Wrigley Field this postseason race and having home-field advantage as home-field advantage gives Assad every chance to continue performing strong performances next time out!
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Arizona Diamondbacks +158, Total Odds: 8.5
The odds for this matchup are intriguing: The Diamondbacks’ spread stands at +1.5 (-130), while their moneyline and over/under total of 8.5 are both positive. Meanwhile, for their part, the Cubs have an opposite spread with an under total runs total set to 8.5 (+110).
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
Arizona has not shown much promise in recent games. They are currently 3-6 straight-up in nine contests overall and 2-4 against opponents from the National League; however, they have gone 4-2 when facing off against Chicago Cubs on the road and four of five road games have gone over total in terms of scoring total. When it comes to September games specifically, 6 of 9 went over total!
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs have found some success recently, posting a 4-1 record over their last five games and an unbeaten 5-0 home mark over this span. Unfortunately though, the Diamondbacks at home have outshone them, going just 2-4 against them at home; moreover, eight out of their last 10 totals went under against Arizona – both being notable stats!
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs 9/7/2023 Betting Picks
Based on trends, team stats and starting pitcher profiles, one could argue that the Cubs are favorites to win this match-up. Their overall performance has been greater, they own home field advantage and their starting pitcher boasts superior statistics.
Keep in mind, though, that Arizona has an established history of upsetting the Cubs in Chicago. Given Arizona’s high over/under trends and Chicago’s strong under trends, betting under 8.5 runs (-110) could be a wise choice. Expect an intense match-up where Chicago edges out Arizona in a low-scoring affair than might otherwise be predicted by odds makers. For more betting advice, consider checking out free accurate sports picks.
Free Pick and Prediction: Chicago Cubs 4, Arizona Diamondbacks 3.