Jake Arrieta (9-0, 1.56 ERA) gets the ball for the Chicago Cubs (39-15) as they go up against Patrick Corbin (2-5, 4.96 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (24-34) in the last of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 5-3, and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 5 and will air on CSCh and FSAZ.
In his last start, Arrieta pitched 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out eight and walking four in a 5-0 loss to the Dodgers. Dexter Fowler (.309, 36 Rs, 7 HRs, 25 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Diamondbacks were also unsuccessful the last time Corbin pitched. He did not do well, pitching 3.1 innings, allowing seven runs, striking out three and walking two in an 8-5 loss to the Astros. Jake Lamb (.277, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 32 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -305 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
The Cubs had the upper hand against the Diamondbacks in their previous six games this season, earning a 5-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 19-4, while Arizona is 11-15.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Cubs have a record of 13-3 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 2-25. The Cubs have a 4-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago and Arizona both rank in the top half of the league in home runs. Chicago sits at 13th with 65 home runs this season and Arizona ranks 14th with 64.
Ranking 16th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.54 per game. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 9.16.
Chicago and Arizona both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at sixth with an OPS of .779, and Arizona ranks ninth with an OPS of .757.
When the Diamondbacks allow at least one home run, they are 9-28. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 17-11 record.