Zack Greinke (0-1, 15.75 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (8-7, 4.01 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (2-3) and the Chicago Cubs (3-1) at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 3-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on CSCh and FAZ+.
Greinke pitched 4.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs, striking out two and walking one in a 10-5 defeat to the Rockies. Jean Segura (.500 ) had a good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs and one stolen base. Hendricks will get the start on the other side. Last season, he pitched 188.2 innings, going 8-7 with a 4.01 ERA 1.16 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts. Dexter Fowler (.600 ) has been successful at the plate to start the season for the Cubs, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Arizona and Chicago are the Diamonbacks slightly favored at -115, while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 8. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping three bases. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Diamondbacks, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 5.2.
Offensively, they average 0.0 runs per game, which the best in the NL. The Cubs are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 11.3 hits per game. Chicago is excellent at drawing walks with an NL-best 5.7 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Cubs are the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.813 for the season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
The Cubs lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Diamondbacks are 1-1. The Cubs are 0-1 in close games this season.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cubs who are coming in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
Neither the Diamondbacks (2-0) nor the Cubs (3-0) have lost a game when they outhit opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, Arizona ranks fourth with 28 runs and Chicago is third with 31.
Ranking 13th, Arizona is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 13 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at second with 21.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 1-3. When the Cubs hit at least one homer, they have a 3-0 record.