Chicago Cubs vs Arizona Diamondbacks: Preview & Prediction – 4/28/19

The Cubs take on the Diamondbacks tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix at 3:10 PM. The pitching matchup for game 3 of the series is the red-hot Jose Quintana (3-1,3.86 ERA) for the Cubs and the Diamondbacks will throw righty Luke Weaver (2-1, 3.33 ERA) The Cubs are favorites today at -115 and the over/under is 8.5. The Cubs look to take 2 of 3 in the series just like last weekend as they are coming off a 9-1-win Saturday night.

Analysis:

Jose Quintana is on the best stretch of his Cubs career, in his last 3 starts he’s gone 7 innings in each, allowing less than 2 runs and has struck out 7 or more. Over that span he has only walked 3 total. Off-season acquisition, Luke Weaver who was the centerpiece when Arizona traded their franchise first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals is no stranger to pitching against the Cubs as he pitched against them 3 times last season going 14 innings over 3 starts, allowing 9 earned runs.

Players to Watch:

Cubs: Anthony Rizzo is on some kind of roll and it didn’t even take Joe Maddon moving him to the lead-off as he has done in past years to break him out of slow starts. Since he snapped an 0-14 skid last Friday against these Diamondbacks, he’s hitting .357 with 2 homers and 6 RBI

Arizona: Christian Walker has gone 0-8 in the first 2 games of the series, this after going 6-8 in 2 games of last weekends’ series against the Cubs. He’s still the Diamondbacks most dangerous bat as even with that 0-8 he’s still hitting .312 with 7 homers and 15 RBI

Prediction:

Jose Quintana didn’t pitch in last weekends’ series against Arizona and he hasn’t pitched against them since 2017. He hasn’t had success against them giving up 14 earned runs in his last 2 starts (9.1 innings) against them. However, this is a different Quintana, this looks like the ace the Cubs thought they were trading for when they gave up highly touted prospects (Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease) in a trade with the crosstown White Sox ahead of the 2017 trade deadline. Luke Weaver being a former Cardinal knows the Cubs well but, this Cubs team is rolling and with Quintana also in a nice groove I don’t see that stopping today. Cubs win the rubber game of the series just like last Sunday.

Score: Cubs 7 Diamondbacks 3, and over 8.5