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Cubs at Diamondbacks Predictions and Preview for 7/17/2021

The Chicago Cubs visit the Arizona Diamondbacks on 7/17/2021 at 4:10PM.

The Cubs and the Diamondbacks face off in an regular season game. The Cubs have a record of 45-46 this season. The Diamondbacks are 26-67 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Chicago Cubs

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Adbert Alzolay is 4-9 this season with an ERA of 4.66 in 77.1 innings pitched across 15 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.09 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.215. Adbert Alzolay’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 93.7 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 86.1 mph.
  • A Cutter that is on average 90.1 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 82.4 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 85.0 mph.

Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Adbert Alzolay has attracted this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 35.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.6%

He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 32.7%

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant has hit 16 Home Runs, drove in 46 runs, and sports a .268 batting average this season. He also has scored 50 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Kris Bryant would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.9% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 24.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Kris Bryant put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 38.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 25.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 19.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.2%


Nico Hoerner

Nico Hoerner has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 10 runs, and sports a .330 batting average this season. He also has scored 10 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.8% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 12.5% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. Getting on base is not an issue for Nico Hoerner this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Nico Hoerner put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 50.0%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 26.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 23.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 59.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 26.4%


Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo has hit 11 Home Runs, drove in 34 runs, and sports a .252 batting average this season. He also has scored 33 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.6% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 16.4% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Anthony Rizzo put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 42.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.9%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 52.6%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.2%


Willson Contreras

Willson Contreras has hit 13 Home Runs, drove in 31 runs, and sports a .233 batting average this season. He also has scored 36 runs this season and stolen 3 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.9% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 27.4%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Willson Contreras put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 51.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 32.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 16.2%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.1%


Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks

Zac Gallen is 1-4 this season with an ERA of 4.17 in 41.0 innings pitched across 9 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.39 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.226. Zac Gallen’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 93.7 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 84.8 mph.
  • A Cutter that is on average 88.7 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 80.1 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 86.5 mph.

Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Zac Gallen has attracted this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.4%

He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 11.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 59.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.1%

Josh Rojas

Josh Rojas has hit 10 Home Runs, drove in 27 runs, and sports a .259 batting average this season. He also has scored 45 runs this season and stolen 5 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.8% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 25.9% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Josh Rojas put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 50.9%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 27.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.7%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 11.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.3%


Eduardo Escobar

Eduardo Escobar has hit 20 Home Runs, drove in 60 runs, and sports a .251 batting average this season. He also has scored 45 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Eduardo Escobar would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is below average with his 6.4% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 21.4% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Eduardo Escobar put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 32.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 48.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 36.7%


Pavin Smith

Pavin Smith has hit 7 Home Runs, drove in 28 runs, and sports a .263 batting average this season. He also has scored 41 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.9% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 18.8% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Pavin Smith put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 47.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 31.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 21.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 21.6%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 43.9%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 34.5%


David Peralta

David Peralta has hit 4 Home Runs, drove in 41 runs, and sports a .252 batting average this season. He also has scored 32 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 8.7% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 16.0% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls David Peralta put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 54.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 25.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 28.2%


Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Cubs 0 Diamondbacks 4

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