More great MLB action is here to help you get through Hump Day. The Chicago Cubs are still streaking post-All-Star break, and will be in search of another win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. And in the AL, Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel will have a chance to add to his Cy Young case when he faces the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs (8:05 PM ET)
The Chicago Cubs are still rolling along as they rocked the Arizona Diamondbacks in last night’s 16-4 win. The streaking Cubs are now 6-1 in their last seven games. Jake Arrieta will look to keep the hot streak going as he takes the mound tonight. The lefty has given up a homer in his last four starts, but has gone at least six innings with two earned runs allowed or fewer in his last three.
Meanwhile, the D-backs – losers in three of their last four – will be aiming to bounce back with starter Zack Godley. Despite a couple of rocky outings last month, the 27-year-old has been one of Arizona’s most reliable pitchers this season. He just had his best outing of the year as he pitched seven shutout innings in a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in his last start.
Writer’s Prediction: Godley turns in another strong performance as the D-backs (+145) slow the Cubs down.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros (8:10 PM ET)
The Houston Astros’ mediocre stretch continued as they lost 6-4 last night to the Tampa Bay Rays. The runaway AL leaders are now just 9-8 since the All-Star break. Ace Dallas Keuchel will be on the mound to help them get back on track tonight. However, he’s coming off his worst start of the year as he gave up three runs on six hits and issued three walks in just three innings against the Detroit Tigers. The Astros still won that game, though, extending their win streak when Keuchel has started to 10 games.
Tampa Bay’s Austin Pruitt will have the unenviable task of going toe-to-toe with the Cy Young candidate as he makes his third start of the season. Pruitt’s last start didn’t go too well as he was rocked for five runs on four hits (three home runs) in five innings against the New York Yankees. That poor outing ballooned the reliever cum starter’s season ERA to 6.63.
Writer’s Prediction: Keuchel and the Astros (-210) bounce back to top Tampa Bay.
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