In their final series of the season's first half, Arizona managed to get just one of three games from the San Francisco Giants in the Bay Area. Perhaps the only bright spot of the three-game set came on Saturday afternoon, as left hander Wade Miley shut out the Giants over seven innings, surrendering just four hits in the 2-0 win. After the first half of the season, Arizona is 40-56 overall, 13.5 games behind Los Angeles for first place in the NL West. They are half a game behind Colorado for fourth place in the division, and 1.5 games behind San Diego for third place.
The Diamondbacks offense remains one of the league's worst, ranking 27th in wRC+ (89) and 23rd in offensive WAR (8.1). They have batted .254/.307/.389 with a wOBA of .306 as a team thus far this season. They're actually a solid team this season once they get the ball in play, posting a .298 BABIP that is good for 15th in the majors. Arizona's pitching staff is almost just as bad, yielding the 27th ranked team ERA in baseball (4.27), which when adjust for FIP is still just 21st in the majors (3.95) They prefer to attack lower in the zone, forcing the eighth-highest ground ball rate in baseball (47.1%). However, when they do yield contact, they have struggled with the fourth-highest BABIP in the majors (.311).
Chicago's offense is almost as bad, if not worse, than Arizona's. They're 28th in wRC+ (85), and 24th in offensive WAR (7.0) this season. As a team, they are batting just .237/.298/.380, posting the 27th wOBA in the majors at .299. They struggle with the punch out, striking out at the fourth-highest rate in the majors (22.7%) and walking just 7.3% of the time. The Cubs pitching staff has been solid despite trading ace Jeff Samardzija, posting the 18th-ranked team ERA (3.86) and seventh-best FIP (3.50) in baseball. They find the majority of their success through the strikeout, punching out batters at the sixth-best rate in the majors (8.30 K/9).
The Cubs come into the series having won just one of three at Wrigley against the Atlanta Braves in their last set. They’ve gone 2-8 over their last ten games overall, and are 12 games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central. They head back out on the road, there they are 20-32 this season.
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