Diamondbacks play the Cubs after Rojas' 3-home run game

Posted5/21/2022 7:00 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks (20-21, fourth in the NL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (15-23, fourth in the NL Central)

Chicago; Saturday, 2:20 p.m. EDT


PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 2.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 21 strikeouts); Cubs: Justin Steele (1-4, 4.50 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 29 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -146, Diamondbacks +126; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Arizona Diamondbacks meet the Chicago Cubs after Josh Rojas hit three home runs on Friday in a 10-6 win over the Cubs.

Chicago has a 15-23 record overall and a 6-14 record in home games. The Cubs have gone 12-4 in games when they did not allow a home run.

Arizona has gone 10-11 at home and 20-21 overall. The Diamondbacks are 13-3 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

Saturday's game is the sixth time these teams match up this season. The Diamondbacks hold a 3-2 advantage in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Seiya Suzuki has 10 doubles, a triple and four home runs for the Cubs. Jonathan Villar is 8-for-33 with two doubles and two home runs over the past 10 games.

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Daulton Varsho has seven doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBI while hitting .250 for the Diamondbacks. Alek Thomas is 11-for-32 with two doubles and three home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 5-5, .220 batting average, 3.17 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs

Diamondbacks: 3-7, .234 batting average, 5.86 ERA, outscored by 17 runs

INJURIES: Cubs: Michael Rucker: 15-Day IL (turf toe), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Nico Hoerner: 10-Day IL (ankle), Sean Newcomb: 15-Day IL (ankle), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (low back), Ethan Roberts: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Clint Frazier: 10-Day IL (appendicitis), Alec Mills: 10-Day IL (back), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow), David Bote: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

Diamondbacks: Jose Herrera: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Kyle Nelson: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Cooper Hummel: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Keynan Middleton: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Nick Ahmed: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Carson Kelly: 10-Day IL (oblique), Luke Weaver: 10-Day IL (elbow), J.B. Bukauskas: 60-Day IL (shoulder)


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.


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