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  W: R. Ray (1-1)   L: K. Hendricks (1-4)   S: M. Andriese (1)
6:40 PM PT7:40 PM MT8:40 PM CT9:40 PM ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 PM MST8:40 PM EST9:10 PM VEN5:40 UAE (+1)8:40 PM CT, April 26, 2019
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 30,664

Cubs, Diamondbacks both rolling as series looms

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Diamondbacks lost two of three games to Arizona at Wrigley Field last weekend, and the teams combined for a mere 15 runs. The losing team has scored no more than one run in each of the clubs' last six meetings and nine of 10.
  2. No Cubs starting pitcher has allowed more than three runs in 12 consecutive games, twice as long as the next-best active streak in the majors. It also equals the Cubs' longest such streak from all of last season.
  3. Arizona has won nine of 11 while posting a 2.39 ERA and allowing just seven home runs. This follows a 6-9 start to the season during which the Diamondbacks had a 5.67 ERA and served up 29 homers.
  4. Javier Baez is batting .439 (18-for-41) with 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBI in his last 10 games. He's had seven multi-hit games in that span and has 11 on the season, tied for third most in the majors behind Cody Bellinger and Elvis Andrus (12 each).
  5. Christian Walker is returning home after a road trip during which he hit .447 with three homers and eight RBI in nine games. However, he's batted just .179 with one RBI in nine home games this season.
  6. Kyle Hendricks has held the Diamondbacks to a .174 batting average, the lowest by any current Cub against any opponent (minimum 5 starts). Robbie Ray has held Chicago to a .170 average, second lowest of any current Arizona pitcher versus any opponent (minimum 5 starts; Godley vs. Mets, .167).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/26/2019 thru 4/28/2019

The Chicago Cubs cooled off the Diamondbacks last weekend. Now they have another chance.

The Diamondbacks begin a five-game homestand with three games against the Cubs after an 8-2 road trip that opened with a three-game sweep in Atlanta and closed with a four-game sweep in Pittsburgh, capped off with a 5-0 victory on a rainy Thursday. In between, the Cubs took two of three in Wrigley Field.

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks is to oppose left-hander Robbie Ray in the series opener Friday at Chase Field.

The Cubs are just as hot, having won seven of nine after taking two of three from both the Dodgers and the D-backs following a three-game sweep in Miami.

The Diamondbacks outscored the Pirates 30-7 in the four-game sweep, getting five homers and 21 extra-base hits.

"Everything seemed to match up," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "You are always looking for those spots and those moments. We hit the ball well and pitched the ball well. We'll enjoy it for about 30 seconds. We have to turn the page quickly."

A lot of Diamondbacks are rolling at the same time. First baseman Christian Walker is hitting 20-for-42 with six doubles, four homers and nine RBIs in his last 10 games, starting with a victory over San Diego in the final game of the previous homestand. He has seven multiple-hit games in that stretch.

Eduardo Escobar is 16-for-42 in his last 12 games, with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs. Ketel Marte homered from both sides of plate in the 10-2 victory Wednesday, becoming the 14th player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate twice in the same season.

Zack Greinke tripled Thursday, becoming the first pitcher since 1906 to get all the hits of a cycle during the first month of a season, according to Sportsradar.

"We pride ourselves on being good hitters and slugging," Lovullo said.

Cubs shortstop Javier Baez has two homers during his four-game hitting streak, catcher Willson Contreras has reached in 12 straight games, and the pitching staff has played a vital run in the Cubs' recovery from a 1-6 start.

Cubs starters have a 1.68 ERA in the last in the last 12 games and have held opponents to a .179 batting average. Cubs starters have averaged a tad more than six innings per start in the last 11 games.

"I like the tried and true method," manager Joe Maddon said of letting his starters go deep. "I still feel it's the best way to go."

Hendricks (1-3) threw seven shutout innings in the 5-1 victory over Arizona last Friday, his first quality start and the first time he had gone more than five innings this season. He struck out a season-high 11, one short of his career high, and got David Peralta three times.

Hendricks helped extend the Cubs pitchers' streak of scoreless innings to 31 before the Diamondbacks scored in the ninth on Marte's double off reliever Brad Brach.

Ray (0-1) gave up four hits and one run in a no-decision in the Cubs' 2-1 victory in the finale of the three-game series Sunday, which the Cubs won on David Bote's walkout single in the last of the ninth inning. Bote left for Colorado shortly after the game to be with his wife, Rachel, for the birth of their third child.

Ray had trouble only with 3-4 hitters Anthony Rizzo and Baez. Rizzo had a single and a double, and he was hit by a pitch before Baez's two-out triple in the sixth inning drove in the Cubs' first run.

Baez also walked. Ray had his most efficient outing of the season, walking only one and using 92 pitches in six innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2019

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