The Arizona Diamondbacks notched a 6-1 triumph in Friday’s opener against the Chicago Cubs, cashing as 159 home favorites. Saturday night’s rematch has Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy slated to oppose Cubs southpaw Paul Maholm.
Kennedy outdueled in Anaheim
Kennedy logged a second straight loss in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat for Arizona as a 110 road dog against the Los Angeles Angels. The sixth-year hurler allowed both of Los Angeles’ runs over eight innings, including a homer from Angels slugger Albert Pujols.
Arizona’s Jason Kubel finished with a 2-for-4 day from the designated hitter spot while striking out once. Kubel’s mates Aaron Hill and Josh Bell were held to hit 0-for-7, leaving six men on base.
The contest’s two runs plunged below the ‘total’ of eight, making the UNDER 7-3 in Kennedy’s last 10 starts. Arizona was edged out in hits, 6-4, while Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt recorded his squad’s sole error.
MLB sports books opened Kennedy as a minus 185 choice, while first setting the ‘total’ at 9 ½.
Maholm goes six at WrigleyMaholm picked up a no-decision in Sunday’s 7-4 setback for Chicago
as a 115 home dog against the Boston Red Sox. The 29-year-old gave up three runs in six frames, while tossing six strikeouts.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro drove in a pair of his squad’s runs, notching a triple and double as part of a 3-for-4 night. Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano was held to 0-for-4 from the cleanup spot, uniting with mate Darwin Barney to leave eight men on base.
The battle’s 11 runs leaped above the ‘total’ of nine, bringing the OVER to 2-1-1 in Maholm’s last four outings. Both clubs combined for 20 hits, while each side logged two errors.Back the OVER in Phoenix
Saturday’s first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m. (ET). Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton (28 RBIs, .343 OBP) is listed as “probable” after Friday’s return to action following a calf injury.I am adding the OVER in this duel to my MLB picks for the night’s card
, looking for both starters to face their share of tough bats. Kennedy’s last seven home starts have seen the OVER cash at 5-2, while Maholm has allowed eight earned runs over his last 9 1/3 IP on the road.
Kennedy has had some recent inconsistency at Chase Field, including four homers surrendered among his last three outings (18 2/3 IP). Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano has cracked one long ball in a 2-for-6 lifetime mark against the California native, while mates Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto have combined for four extra-base hits in 14 at-bat’s.
Maholm has allowed a sizable 1.57 WHIP and .370 OBP over his six road outings, leading to the OVER going 3-2-1 in that span. Arizona’s Jason Kubel and Willie Bloomquist have poked a long ball and triple, respectively, in six at-bat’s each against the lefty.Umpire Paul Emmel is listed to call the balls and strikes
, with the OVER collecting at 17-5 in the 44-year-old’s last 22 outings behind the plate. Arizona has notched a .485 slugging percentage at home, while bringing in a lofty 6.42 runs per nine innings when facing southpaws.
Look for the octane to be at a higher mark here than Friday’s opener, with both lineups having their share of chances en route to OVER tickets cashing.