The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs meet in the rubber match of their three games in MLB action against Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will try to win the series after the night, following a 6-0 win after a 6-0 win in the second half of Saturday. John Ryan Murphy led the D-Backs with two RBIs and a home run while Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta each hit home run solo. Jarrod Dyson added an RBI while Christian Walker scored a perfect 4 for 4 with a double. Ketel Marte, Nick Ahmed, Zack Greinke and Taylor Clarke have also had a grassroots success in trying to win for the D-Backs. Greinke got the win to improve to 3-1 on the year after throwing six white innings, allowing only three hits while eliminating four. Taylor Clarke launched three rounds of relief for her first rescue of the year. Robbie Ray will start the third game and is 0-1 with a 4.64 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. During her career, Ray is 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 25 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs will try to rebound and appear on the scoresheet to win the series Sunday. Kris Bryant had a double while Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward each had basic successes while the Cubbies had only four hits as the losing team. Yu Darvish allowed three runs on five hits while eliminating seven innings in five innings, reducing the defeat to 1-3. Tyler Chatwood will start the third game and is 0-0 with a time of 6.00 and six strikeouts this season. In his career, Chatwood is 5-3 with a 4.37 ERA and 40 strikeouts against Arizona.
Arizona is 5-2 in the last 7 starts on the road to Ray and 5-1 in its last 6 road games, while the inferior is 5-0 in its last 5 games . Chicago is 5-1 in Chatwood's last 6 starts and 4-0 in its last 4 games following a loss, while the final is 4-0 in Chatwood's last 4 home starts. The goals are 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
We paid the Arizona money Saturday as underdogs, but the problem here is that Ray is coming out of his worst start to the year and that the whole value of Arizona is gone because the D -Back are privileged on the road. Chatwood debuts after a series of emergency appearances, but the Cubs are too good a team to be outsider at home against a top-down pitcher like Ray here. I'm going to take the Cubs to win the Sunday series.