Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 4.15 ERA) and Rubby De La Rosa (12-6, 4.46 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (77-57) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (65-71) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 2-0 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 6 and can be seen on WGN and FSAZ.
Hendricks pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 13-6 defeat to the Reds. Anthony Rizzo (.285, 77 Rs, 28 HRs, 83 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. De La Rosa went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs and striking out three in a 5-3 win over the Rockies in his last outing. Paul Goldschmidt (.324, 85 Rs, 27 HRs, 97 RBIs, 21 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Chicago is a -155 favorite against Arizona and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is unavailable as of now. The Cubs have recorded an overall money line of +684 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 56-33. The Cubs lead the MLB in batting average with an impressive team average of .241. Chicago leads the whole NL in walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. Chicago's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.6 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.0. The Cubs are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Cubs, who rank second in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
In games where it is the underdog, Arizona has a 37-43 record and an overall money line of -181. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is the best in the NL. The Diamondbacks are an excellent base stealing team with 118 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. The Diamondbacks allow 4.4 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.7 runs per game during that span.
The Cubs lead the season series, 3-2. The Cubs have a 60-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when De La Rosa takes the mound. Hendricks (RHP) will be on the hill against the Diamondbacks, who have a 50-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its 16th of the season. Arizona has been shut out six times this season.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 3-6 record when opponents give up that many walks.
It looks like the Cubs have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Cubs have won their last two games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 45-18. The Cubs have a 49-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 558 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 608.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 464 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 409.
When the Cubs hit at least one home run, they are 53-25, well-matched with the Diamondbacks who are 47-27 when hitting one or more homers.