Jason Hammel (3-1, 2.70 ERA) gets the start for the Chicago Cubs (24-18) as they meet Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 5.52 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (20-22) in the last of a three-game series at Chase Field. The Cubs won the last game 9-6 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 24 and will air on WGN and FSN-AZ.
In his most recent outing, Hellickson pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-2 loss to the Marlins. A.J. Pollock (.314, 30 Rs, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Hammel is 4-3 with a 3.43 ERA. He gets a solid Arizona offense that's batting .266. Anthony Rizzo (.322, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 29 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Cubs, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and six RBIs.
Arizona, a +112 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. The Diamondbacks are 14-14 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +109. Over the last 10 games, they have had a very good record when playing as the underdog (6-1). The Diamondbacks come into the game with the NL's second-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.0 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Diamondbacks rank third in the NL in hits at home with 9.2 per game. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with 40 steals.
On the other side, the Cubs have a record of 14-10 when they are favored and are +280 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 6-2 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 7-3. The Cubs rank third in the NL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. The Cubs have racked up 42 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an NL-high 8.4 strikeouts per road game.
The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Hammel) in this game and have a 15-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Cubs will be the right-hander Hellickson. They sport a 19-15 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC, O/U - Over
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 11th time this season.
The Cubs are 5-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are 4-2 in such matchups.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 6-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 14-4. The Cubs have a 13-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Chicago sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 182 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 200.
Ranking 18th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 120 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 155.
The Diamondbacks are 15-7 when they hit at least one home run. The Cubs perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 17-7 record.