Diamondbacks vs. Cubs Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 5/14/2022

by | May 14, 2022

The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to pick up their 19th win of the season when they take on the Chicago Cubs (11-20) Saturday. The game begins at 8:10 PM ET, with the Diamondbacks listed as -157 favorites on the moneyline. Arizona’s Zac Gallen gets the start, and he’ll go against Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks.

Diamondbacks vs. Cubs Spread and Betting Line

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Diamondbacks -157 +135 7.5 -111 -109 -1.5 +133 -158

Computer Predictions for Diamondbacks vs. Cubs

Our computer pick: Chicago Cubs (+135) and Over (7.5)

Diamondbacks vs. Cubs Game Info

  • Arizona Diamondbacks probable starting pitcher: Zac Gallen
  • Chicago Cubs probable starting pitcher: Kyle Hendricks
  • Game Day: Saturday, May 14, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:10 PM ET
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Stadium: Chase Field

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Chicago Cubs Pitching Matchup

Gallen Hendricks
5 GS 7
2-0 W-L 2-3
0.95 ERA 4.38
28.1 IP 39.0
4 BB 13
26 SO 30

Diamondbacks Starter Zac Gallen

  • Gallen makes the start for the Diamondbacks, his sixth of the season. He is 2-0 with a .95 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings pitched.
  • The right-hander’s most recent appearance came on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, when he threw seven scoreless innings while giving up five hits.
  • In five games this season, the 26-year-old has amassed a .95 ERA and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .160 to opposing batters.
  • Gallen is trying to build on a third-game quality start streak in this game.
  • Gallen is looking for his fifth straight appearance lasting five or more innings. He averages 5.2 innings per appearance on the hill.
  • He will take the hill against a Cubs squad that is hitting .235 as a unit (15th in MLB). It is also slugging a collective .360 (22nd in MLB) with 22 total home runs (26th in MLB).

Cubs Starter Kyle Hendricks

  • The Cubs will hand the ball to Hendricks (2-3) for his eighth start of the season.
  • The right-hander allowed three hits in 8 2/3 scoreless innings pitched against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
  • The 32-year-old has pitched in seven games this season with an ERA of 4.38 and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings, with an opponent batting average of .245.
  • In seven starts this season, he’s earned two quality starts.
  • Hendricks has pitched five or more innings in two straight games and will look to extend that streak.
  • The Diamondbacks have scored 120 runs this season, which ranks 23rd in MLB. They are batting .202 for the campaign with 35 home runs, seventh in the league.
  • Among qualified pitchers this campaign, the 32-year-old’s 4.38 ERA ranks 45th, 1.256 WHIP ranks 43rd, and 6.9 K/9 ranks 47th.

Diamondbacks Betting Picks & Insights

  • This season, the Diamondbacks have been favored four times and won three of those games.
  • Arizona has played as a favorite of -157 or more once this season and won that game.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 61.1% chance of a victory for the Diamondbacks.
  • Games involving Arizona have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in 12 of 35 chances this season.
  • The Diamondbacks are 22-13-0 against the spread in their 35 chances this season.

Cubs Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Cubs have been underdogs in 25 games this season and have come away with the win nine times (36%) in those contests.
  • This year, Chicago has won five of 12 games when listed as at least +135 or worse on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Cubs have a 42.6% chance of coming away with a victory in the contest.
  • Chicago’s games have gone over the total in 15 of their 31 opportunities.
  • The Cubs are 16-15-0 against the spread in their 31 games with a line set by sportsbooks this season.

Diamondbacks Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Not only does Daulton Varsho lead the Diamondbacks in hitting with his .248 average, he also paces the squad with six home runs and 14 RBI.
  • Varsho’s home runs rank him 24th in MLB, and he ranks 83rd in RBI.
  • Christian Walker has hit six home runs with 14 RBI. Both pace his team.
  • Walker ranks 24th in homers and 83rd in RBI among all hitters in the majors.
  • Ketel Marte is hitting .222 with 12 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 12 walks.
  • David Peralta is hitting .211 with five doubles, four home runs and 13 walks.
Daulton Varsho 31 .248 .331 .476 6 14 26
Christian Walker 32 .198 .288 .423 6 14 22
Ketel Marte 32 .222 .303 .393 2 9 26
David Peralta 30 .211 .300 .389 4 11 20
Pavin Smith 30 .233 .333 .389 3 12 21

Cubs Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Willson Contreras leads the Cubs with a .295 batting average.
  • Among all batters in the big leagues, Contreras’ home run total is 57th and his RBI tally is 158th.
  • Ian Happ is batting .269 with four doubles, two home runs and 19 walks.
  • Happ is 139th among all hitters in the majors in homers, and 65th in RBI.
  • Seiya Suzuki leads the Cubs with 16 runs batted in.
  • Nico Hoerner has four doubles, a triple, two home runs and two walks while hitting .271.
Willson Contreras 26 .295 .407 .505 4 10 28
Ian Happ 29 .269 .395 .376 2 15 25
Seiya Suzuki 29 .255 .366 .479 4 16 24
Nico Hoerner 29 .271 .293 .396 2 11 26
Patrick Wisdom 29 .222 .284 .444 5 16 22

Betting Tips for Diamondbacks vs. Cubs

After analyzing all of the key statistics and trends for this matchup, our best bet is the Cubs on the moneyline at +135. Our computer prediction sees the scoring going over the total of 7.5 runs.

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