John Lackey (5-2, 3.16 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (37-15) go up against Archie Bradley (2-0, 6.11 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (24-32) in the first of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. The game starts at 2:20 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and will air on CSCh and FSAZ.
In his most recent outing, Lackey pitched 7.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking four in a 7-2 victory over the Phillies. Dexter Fowler (.312, 35 Rs, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Diamondbacks were victorious over the Padres 6-3 the last time Bradley pitched. He went 7.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out nine and walking one.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cubs -240 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable.
The Cubs are 3-1 against the Diamondbacks this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CHC
After last game's shutout win against Houston, the Diamondbacks now have three shutouts this season. The Cubs have been shut out in four games this season.
The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Diamondbacks have a 7-19 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 2-23. The Cubs have a 4-11 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top half of the league based on total home runs this season, Chicago ranks 12th with 63 homers and Arizona is 14th with 62.
Ranking 14th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.60 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five with 9.30.
Ranking eighth, Arizona is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.765). Chicago ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .780.
The Diamondbacks are 9-27 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cubs are 16-11 when they allow at least one homer.