Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs / MLB 2022 Predictions & Preview

Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs / MLB 2022 Predictions & Preview

Congratulations to the Diamondbacks for being scrappy in the middle of a rebuild. They took a series from the Dodgers in April, had a sweep in Miami to begin May, and have overall played pretty good baseball. But we knew it was only a matter of time before the difficulties in their division, and their lack of top players would catch up to them.

It has, with five straight losses headed into Wednesday’s series finale with L.A.

The Cubs are also in a rebuild, even if they won’t call it that, and they too are playing some pretty good baseball at the moment. They handed Arizona the first two of those five losses, and on Monday and Tuesday night they posted back-to-back shutouts of the Pirates. These trusted betting sites provide great opportunties for all your MLB betting picks.

Diamondbacks at Cubs Prediction

Scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks on Thursday evening is Zac Gallen, who’s been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season. Gallen has allowed just four runs in six starts and has blanked the Mets, Dodgers, and Rockies – three very good offensive teams.

Scheduled to go for the Cubs is Marcus Stroman. He’s had an up and down season so far, but is currently on the upside of things on the field, having thrown seven scoreless innings against the Brewers his last time out. Off the field he’s been down, having missed the last two weeks with COVID-19.

Gallen’s been pitching great baseball, and it’s hard to know what the Cubs will get out of Stroman as he returns from the COVID list. You also have to like the Diamondbacks slugging in Wrigley Field to back up Gallen with good run support.

The Cubs have been on the winning side of things of late, but the better play on Thursday’s Arizona beating Chicago. Check out Fanduel to make your bets on this game.

Arizona Diamondbacks Overview

It wasn’t that long ago that Arizona, as a team, was hitting below the Mendoza Line – .200. They’re now above it, barely, hitting .205. And instead of being dead last in the Majors in batting average, Arizona’s second to last.

Helping to make up for the lack of hitting in the preponderance of home runs. Arizona’s got the fewest hits of any team, but they are seventh in home runs. Getting on base via the walk has also been a big boon for the Diamondbacks offense, and it’s helped keep their heads above water.

Christian Walker leads the way with nine home runs. Daulton Varsho’s got six. Jordan Luplow’s the quintessential Diamondback, hitting just .188 on the season, but slugging .500 because five of his nine hits are homers.

It’s also worth knowing for betting purposes that there are eight Diamondbacks currently on pace to strike out more than 100 times this season.

Chicago Cubs Overview

The Cubs have had the opposite problem when it comes to the long ball. They aren’t hitting them, even though their team batting is in the middle of the pack. Chicago’s 15th in the Majors in batting and on-base percentage, but rank just 23rd in RBI. They’re getting runners on base, but failing to drive them in.

As of recently, that hasn’t mattered. In their last two wins over the Diamondbacks, they gave up just two runs in each game. And in their Monday and Tuesday wins over the Pirates, they gave up zero runs per game. The offense chipped in, scoring 16 runs in those two games, but it’s the pitching that’s helped keep the Cubs in the race.

In April the Cubs pitching staff was a problem. They posted an ERA of 4.55 by giving up 28 home runs in 21 games. In May, that ERA is down to 2.76, and they’ve allowed just eight home runs in 14 games.

In the first month of the season, Japanese rookie Seiya Suzuki was the story. This month it’s pitchers Keegan Thompson and Kyle Hendricks.

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