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MLB Betting Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs

September 17, 2023





This matchup features two teams in the National League Wild Card race as the Chicago Cubs travel to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in game three of a three-game series in which the Arizona Diamondbacks have won the first two games including a 7-6 win in game two of the series on Saturday. Will the Diamondbacks complete the three-game series sweep at home or will the Cubs end their four-game losing streak? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.

The Chicago Cubs enter this game with a record of 78-71 which puts them 6.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for 1st place in the NL Central and gives them a .5-game lead in the National League Wild Card race. Chicago has compiled a record of 7-9 in September and is on a four-game losing streak which includes a 6-7 loss on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks in game two of the series. Three of the runs for the Cubs came in the 5th inning which included Ian Happ scoring off a base hit from Cody Bellinger.

Arizona enters this game with a record of 78-72 which puts them 13.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1st place in the NL West and a tie with the Cincinnati Reds for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. The Diamondbacks have compiled a record of 9-7 in September and are on a two-game winning streak which includes Saturday’s 7-6 win in extra innings against the Chicago Cubs in game two of the series. Two of the runs for the Arizona Diamondbacks came in the 4th inning which included Tommy Pham scoring off a double hit from Christian Walker.

BookMaker has the Chicago Cubs listed as -122 money line favorites on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday night in game three of the series. Arizona has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three games while winning by an average margin of 1.2 runs per game in the last ten games in the series.

Chicago will have the advantage at pitcher on Sunday evening as the Cubs will send Jordan Wicks to the mound while the Diamondbacks will send Ryne Nelson to the mound for game three of the series. Wicks is 3-0 this season with a 1.99 ERA while recording 15 strikeouts while Nelson is 7-8 on the year with an ERA of 5.53 and has recorded 88 strikeouts.

Jordan Wicks is 2-0 with a no-decision in his last three starts this season while allowing a total of four runs and recording six strikeouts in those matchups with his last start coming on the road against the Colorado Rockies in which Wicks allowed one run and struck out two batters in a no-decision.

In his last three starts this season, Ryne Nelson is 1-2 while allowing a total of 13 runs and recording eight strikeouts in those starts with his last start coming on the road against the New York Mets in which Nelson allowed six runs while recording three strikeouts in a loss.

Chicago has been the better team this season and will have the advantage at pitcher as Jordan Wicks is allowing an average of 1.33 runs while recording an average of two strikeouts per game in his last three starts while Ryne Nelson has allowed an average of 4.33 runs while recording an average of 2.67 strikeouts per game in his last three starts. I look for the Cubs to end their four-game losing streak in this matchup which is why I am taking the Chicago Cubs money line at -122 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: Chicago Cubs Money Line (-122)