Diamondbacks vs Cubs Prediction MLB Picks Today 4/17

Diamondbacks vs Cubs Prediction MLB Picks Today 4/17

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Get ready for an exhilarating showdown as the Chicago Cubs clash with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. With both teams looking to build on their recent performances, expect a high-scoring affair filled with excitement.


Game Overview:

  • Date: April 17, 2024
  • Time: 12:40 PM
  • Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Line: ARI -120
  • Over/Under: 9.5


Team Breakdown:

Chicago Cubs:

The Chicago Cubs come into the game with a solid 10-6 record and are riding a three-game winning streak. With their recent momentum, the Cubs aim to continue their winning ways and secure another victory against the Diamondbacks.

Pitching Analysis:

Jordan Wicks takes the mound for the Cubs, hoping to bounce back from his early-season struggles. Despite his recent challenges, Wicks has the potential to deliver a strong outing and keep the Diamondbacks' offense in check.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Michael Busch (6 HR)
  • Batting Average: Michael Busch (.327 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Seiya Suzuki (13 RBI)

With hitters like Michael Busch leading the charge, the Cubs' lineup has the firepower to generate offense and put pressure on the Diamondbacks' pitching staff.


Arizona Diamondbacks:

The Arizona Diamondbacks enter the game with an 8-9 record and are looking to bounce back after a recent extra-inning loss to the Cubs. With their home-field advantage, the Diamondbacks aim to turn the tide and secure a win against Chicago.

Pitching Analysis:

Brandon Pfaadt gets the start for the Diamondbacks, but he's struggled early in the season with a 1-0 record and a high 6.48 ERA. The Diamondbacks will need Pfaadt to find his rhythm and deliver a strong performance to contain the Cubs' potent offense.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (4 HR)
  • Batting Average: Christian Walker (.281 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (18 RBI)

With sluggers like Lourdes Gurriel Jr., the Diamondbacks' lineup has the potential to generate offense and pose a threat to the Cubs' pitching staff.

Game Odds:

Team ML Total Spread
CHC (10-6) +105 o9.5 (EVEN) -1.5 (+160)
ARI (8-9) EVEN u9.5 (-120) +1.5 (-190)



In this matchup, we predict the over of 9.5 runs to be the pick. Here's why:

Both starting pitchers, Jordan Wicks for the Cubs and Brandon Pfaadt for the Diamondbacks, have struggled with consistency and have shown vulnerability to giving up runs. Additionally, both teams possess potent offenses capable of producing runs in bunches.

Considering the pitching matchups and the offensive capabilities of both teams, we expect a high-scoring affair where both teams are able to capitalize on scoring opportunities. Therefore, the over of 9.5 runs presents itself as the favorable pick in this matchup.

Pick: Over 9.5 Runs

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