Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago Cubs 9/8/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Arizona Diamondbacks (73-68) @ Chicago Cubs (76-65)

Game Info: Friday, September 8th, 2023 at  2:20 p.m. EST (Wrigley Field)

Betting Odds: Diamondbacks ML (-115) - Over/Under (7)

Pick: Diamondbacks ML (-115)

Friday afternoon takes us to one of the most historic ballparks in all of Major League Baseball, as the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs play the second game of their four game weekend series at Wrigley Field in front of the ivy outfield. Both of these teams are right in the middle of the National League wildcard race, and in Chicago’s case they are still within striking distance of the National League Central division title as well. Both teams will be looking to pick up a crucial victory in this game as well here on Friday afternoon in the Windy City. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks had a solid start to the season, and they even led the National League West division for the majority of the first half of the year. However, things started to come apart prior to and coming out of the All-Star break and they stumbled a little bit, but they have managed to recover since then. Now they find themselves occupying one of the three wildcard spots in the National League at the moment, and they will be looking to put some distance between themselves and the other contending teams, with a crucial victory in the second game of the series on Friday afternoon. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be handing the baseball to their potential National League Cy Young award winner, Zac Gallen in the second game of the series on Friday afternoon. He has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this season, and with Zac Gallen starting this game, it provides the Arizona Diamondbacks with a massive advantage on the pitchers mound here in this one. Gallen comes into this game on Friday afternoon with a record of 14-7 on the season and he will be looking to pick up his 15th victory in this game against Chicago. 

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It was a slow start to the season for the Chicago Cubs but they have picked things up over the last couple of months and they will be looking to keep the momentum rolling in the second game of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. They will face a very tough task in the form of Zac Gallen out on the pitchers mound and this lineup will have to figure out a way to get to one of the best pitchers in all of baseball if they want to be successful in this game on Friday afternoon at home. Chicago comes into this game with a record of 76-65 through their first 141 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season, and they will be looking to pick up win number 77 here on Friday afternoon at home. 

The Chicago Cubs coming to this game sitting in the second wildcard spot in the National League as they have built up a three game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they will be looking to increase that lead here on Friday afternoon. Chicago will also be looking to bounce back after dropping the opening game of this series on Thursday night to Arizona by four runs as they allowed the Diamondbacks lineup to put six runs on the board and they only managed to put a pair of runs on the board themselves. That doesn’t look too great for Chicago, considering they are facing much tougher competition on the pitchers mound in the second game of the series as compared to Thursday nights game and they will have to find a way to be more productive at the plate.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Arizona is 40-32 after a win

- Arizona is 14-11 as a road favorite 

- Chicago is 29-31 as an underdog 

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