Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Preview - April 26

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Don Shapiro
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The Chicago Cubs take on the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday evening with the line around -107 both sides.  The total has shot up from 8.5 to 9.5.


PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 3.54 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Robbie Ray (0-1, 3.95)

Hendricks has been trending in the right direction after a slow start, and is coming off his best performance of the season against Arizona on Friday. The 29-year-old struck out 11 and limited the Diamondbacks to three hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. Hendricks is 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA in five starts against Arizona, including 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA in two outings at Chase Field.

Ray is winless in five starts despite allowing three runs or fewer in four of them. The 27-year-old recorded his first quality start of the season Sunday against the Cubs, allowing one run and four hits over six innings with four strikeouts. Ray is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts against the Cubs.

Only eight of the last ten games played between these teams has gone OVER the current total of 9.5.

Seeing this, one would certainly think this game is going OVER.  Not so fast!

8.5 to 9.5 is an aggressive move on the total. 

The Cubs do not have one of the better bullpens in the league.  They rank 6th from the bottom.

The OVER is 7-3 in the Cubs last 10 road games vs. a left-handed starter.Rodon rebounded from his first start with a pair of stellar outings on the road, holding the New York Yankees to two runs on three hits over six innings before shackling the Tigers last weekend with six innings of one-run ball on three hits. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, he has permitted three hits or fewer in four of his five trips to the mound. Cabrera is 4-for-9 with a homer against Rodon, who is 2-2 with a 5.10 ERA versus Detroit with a staggering .476 batting average against.

The OVER is also 23-9-1 in Ray’s last 33 home starts.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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