Zac Gallen gets the start for the Diamondbacks (73-68, 35-33 away) against Jameson Taillon and the Cubs (76-65, 40-32 home). Today will be game two of their series, with the Diamondbacks leading 1-0. Check out who I like to see who comes out on top in today’s Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs matchup.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS CHICAGO CUBS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -102
This game will be played at Wrigley Field at 2:20 ET on Friday, September 8th.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO CUBS:
- In their previous five games, the Cubs have a record of 4-1.
- The Cubs have gone 6-4 in their ten games at home.
- Opponents are hitting a healthy .329 against Zac Gallen in his last three starts.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN NL WEST
Arizona head into today’s game seeking their 3rd straight win and are in 2nd place in the NL West. On the road, Arizona is 35-33 and 38-35 at home. With an overall record of 73-68, the Diamondbacks have a series win percentage of 58% (25-18-4).
Zac Gallen takes the mound for the Diamondbacks with a 14-7 record. He has made 29 appearances this season, boasting an ERA of 3.48 and a K/9 rate of 9.37. His FIP stands at 3.32, while his OBP is .275.
Zac Gallen’s most recent start was a tough one, as he surrendered five earned runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. The Diamondbacks ultimately fell to the Orioles 8-5 in the contest.
Having gone deep 8 times in their last five games, the Diamondbacks are 6th in that span. At 4.7 runs per game, Arizona is 12th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .253 while hitting a total of 156 home runs (16th).
Tommy Pham has been a bright spot for the Diamondbacks’ offense this season, leading the team with 15 home runs over their last five games. His batting average stands at .262, and he has hit two homers in that span.
WILL THE CHICAGO CUBS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
141 games into the season, the Cubs have a record of 76-65, putting them 2nd in the NL Central. This mark includes an overall series 25-14-6. At home, they are 40-32 compared to 36-33 on the road.
Chicago starter Jameson Taillon will look to improve his performance in today’s game, as he has allowed a home-run in seven consecutive outings. His record for the season stands at 7-9, with an ERA of 5.72 and 113 strikeouts. His K/9 rate is 7.99, while he has averaged 2.33 walks per 9 innings pitched.
In his most recent outing against the Reds, Jameson Taillon allowed five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Although he did not receive a win or loss, Taillon’s performance was instrumental in the Cubs’ 15-7 triumph.
Offensively, Chicago is ranked 6th in the league with an average of 5.1 runs per game. When looking over their last five matchups, the Cubs averaged 8.2 runs per contest, which is 3rd best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, Chicago is 12th in all of baseball, with a total of 170 home runs.
Nico Hoerner has been one of the Chicago Cubs’ most productive hitters in 2023. The infielder has posted a .280 batting average and driven in 62 runs, while also hitting nine home runs.