The Arizona Diamondbacks will visit the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, September 9, in the third game of a four-game set.
The Diamondbacks enter with a 74-68 record and are currently in second place in the NL West, while the Cubs are 76-66 and second in the NL Central. Arizona has won the first two meetings between the two teams this season.
Diamondbacks vs. Cubs Betting Odds
|Arizona Diamondbacks||+1.5 (-190)||Over 7 (-120)||+115|
|Chicago Cubs||-1.5 (+160)||Under 7 (+100)||-140|
Fixture: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago Cubs
Date & Time: Saturday, September 9, 2:20 p.m. ET
Venue: Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois
Merrill Kelly will get the start for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kelly is 11-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 25 starts this season. He has allowed 53 earned runs in 148.1 innings pitched while striking out 159 batters. Kelly allowed three earned runs in 5.0 innings pitched against the Cubs last season. He struck out two batters and did not factor into the decision.
The Chicago Cubs will give the ball to Justin Steele. He is 16-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 26 starts this season. Steele has allowed 43 earned runs in 152.0 innings of work while striking out 153 batters. He was 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts against the Diamondbacks last season. Steele allowed one earned run in 11.0 innings pitched while striking out 19 batters.
Diamondbacks vs. Cubs Betting Prediction
While both pitchers have been great this season, Chicago Cubs starter Justin Steele currently has the second-best odds of winning the National League Cy Young Award. Steele ranks tied for first in wins, second in ERA and 14th in strikeouts. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May. In 15 outings over that stretch, he is 10-1 with a 2.38 ERA and 96 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Chicago ranks sixth in the league in runs scored. Look for them to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks by at least two runs.