Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 4/16/24

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 4/16/24 MLB Analysis, Picks and Forecast

Chicago Cubs (7-6) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (6-8)


Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 4/16/24 – As the MLB season moves forward, their matchup at Chase Field on April 16, 2024 promises an engaging encounter. While the Cubs boasting a more advantageous record (7-6), Arizona Diamondbacks (6-8) still need time to settle in at 6-8; fans and bettors alike should enjoy watching and betting this game; it may provide opportunity for multi-handicapper premium tips!


The Cubs have shown signs of being an adaptable team this season. Their.245 batting average and respectable on-base percentage (OBP), reflecting an ability to get batters onto base and convert these opportunities to runs consistently despite 75 runs scored thus far (14 homers included) which have resulted in moderate offensive output despite an ERA/WHIP combination of 4.75/1.38 which suggests some potential vulnerabilities on defense; additionally their road record against spread (ATS) performance (4-3) indicates they could hold some advantage there when facing off against opponents away from home this season.


Arizona Diamondbacks possess an improved batting profile with an average batting average of.265, 80 runs scored and an impressive slugging percentage (.411) which shows superior hitting potential over Chicago Cubs batting. Their pitching staff however still needs some improvement as its ERA/WHIP remains at 4.25/1.29 respectively which could hinder future competition as seen through an inconsistent home ATS record that could lessen competitive edge going forward.


Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 4/16/24 Game Info


When: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 9:40 PM ET
Where: Chase Field
Stream: MLB.TV


Kyle Hendricks (0-2, 12.08 ERA) vs. Tommy Henry (0-1, 5.79 ERA)


Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs has seen his pitching skills diminish substantially during this early part of the 2024 season, as evidenced by an alarming 12.08 ERA over 12.2 innings pitched and 26 hits and five homer runs allowed during that span – these statistics mark an apparent departure from Hendricks’ more controlled style which typically included precision groundball outs; his current form shows potential vulnerability against opponents with strong slugging capabilities.


Tommy Henry of the Arizona Diamondbacks has had an equally difficult start this season with an 0-1 record and 5.79 ERA over 14 innings pitched; although his WHIP score may be lower than Hendricks’ (1.64), which indicates trouble in controlling opposing batters. Henry did manage 15 strikeouts but allowed 7 walks; such inconsistency may give Cubs batters some opportunities at bat.


Hendricks may hold an edge due to his experience and potential for recovery within games; however, Henry may present greater strikeout potential and baserunner control; however his effectiveness could be decreased given his high rate of base runners allowed. Both pitchers will need to focus on controlling walks and home run balls which could determine the flow of play as they attempt to find their rhythm early on; otherwise the game could turn into an all-out scoring affair!


MLB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD


With betting odds yet to be decided upon, this game provides bettors with an intriguing speculative challenge. Both teams’ recent performance trends suggest an high-scoring matchup; both have seen total games go OVER recently.


Chicago Cubs Betting Trends


The Cubs have displayed behavior which should worry bettors, particularly their inconsistent scoring compared to a relatively high OBP. Their recent trend of going over in total points may suggest betting on higher scoring games may be prudent given both teams’ pitchers’ vulnerabilities.


Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends


Arizona Diamondbacks’ poor track record against the spread, particularly at home, should serve as a warning signal for bettors hoping to cover it by wagering on them to cover. Their tendency for scoring but allowing runs may play into high total points but may not always translate to covering spreads.


Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 4/16/24 Betting Picks


Based on analysis and current form, this game should likely turn out to be high scoring affair, with neither team providing reliable pitching performance. My advice would be to place my bets on total runs exceeding 5.


Arizona may edge out their opponents as the superior pick in this matchup due to their better bat performance and marginally improved pitching stats at home, including Hendricks’ poor pitching stats which Arizona can exploit as one key weakness of Chicago.


This forecasted outcome relies heavily on the home advantage and slightly better overall stats of the Diamondbacks, along with their home field advantage and slightly superior overall statistics. If looking for top MLB free predictions, pay particular attention to player-specific prop bets involving strikeouts and home runs due to starting pitcher vulnerabilities.


Free Pick and Prediction: Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Chicago Cubs 4.


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