In the second of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (38-15) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (24-33) at Wrigley Field, Jason Hammel (6-1, 2.09 ERA) and Edwin Escobar (0-1, 18.90 ERA) get the ball. The Cubs won the last game 6-0, and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and will air on WGN and FSAZ.
In his last start, Hammel pitched 2.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out three and walking one in a 2-0 victory over the Dodgers. Kris Bryant (.280, 40 Rs, 13 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful against the Astros 8-3 the last time Escobar pitched. He went 3.1 innings, allowing eight runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking one. Jake Lamb (.276, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -270 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable.
The Cubs are 4-1 against the Diamondbacks this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
Chicago won its last game in a shutout, its sixth of the season. Arizona has been shut out three times this season.
Arizona has won 42% (11-15) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 83% (19-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Diamondbacks didn't score any runs in their last game. The Cubs have a 6-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 17-7. The Cubs have a 30-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth, Arizona sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 254 this season. Chicago ranks in the top five at third with 290.
Chicago ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 245 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 169.
The Cubs are 29-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 19-19 when they hit at least one homer.