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Cubs at Diamondbacks Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, More

Chicago will face former Cubs pitcher Zach Davies in the first game of a three-game series at Chase Field in Arizona.

Cubs Diamondbacks Series Preview
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The Chicago Cubs continue their six-game West Coast road trip when they visit the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three-game set starting Friday at Chase Field.

The Cubs (11-19) ended their losing streak at five games with a 6-0 win Monday at the San Diego Padres. Chicago then fell 5-4 before Alfonso Rivas hit a tie-breaking two-run single in the eighth inning to lead the Cubs to a 7-5 victory to win the series.

It wasn’t all good news for the Cubs, who saw shortstop Nico Hoerner depart with a sprained right ankle. Chicago, which already has a lengthy injury list, also was without outfielder Seiya Suzuki for a second straight game due to a sore right ankle.

The Diamondbacks (17-15) have won seven of their past nine, but are coming off an embarrassing 11-3 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Arizona gave up eight runs in the ninth inning in the loss. Chicago native Alek Thomas, former Kane County Cougars outfielder, hit his first career home run in the game.

The highlight of the Chicago-Arizona series will be Arizona pitcher Zach Davies facing his former team. The Cubs acquired Davies in the Yu Darvish trade with San Diego, but he signed with Arizona in March after one season in Chicago. Davies’ one year with the Cubs was highlighted by being one of four pitchers in the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

Injuries

Chicago Cubs: Nico Hoerner: day-to-day (ankle), Sean Newcomb: 15-Day IL (ankle), Seiya Suzuki: day-to-day (ankle), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (low back), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (quadricep), David Robertson: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Marcus Stroman: 10-Day IL (undisclosed), Ethan Roberts: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Clint Frazier: 10-Day IL (appendicitis), Alec Mills: 10-Day IL (back), Andrelton Simmons: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow), David Bote: 60-Day IL (undisclosed)

Arizona Diamondbacks:  Carson Kelly: 10-Day IL (oblique), Sean Poppen: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Luke Weaver: 10-Day IL (elbow), J.B. Bukauskas: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Probable Pitchers

Friday: Drew Smyly, LHP (1-3, 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) vs. Zach Davies, RHP (1-1, 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Saturday: Justin Steele, LHP (0-0, 5.32 ERA, 1.77 WHIP) vs. Zac Gallen, RHP (2-0, 0.95 ERA, 0.71 WHIP)

Sunday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (2-3, 4.38 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Humberto Castellanos, RHP (0-0, 4.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)

How to Watch

Friday: 8:40 p.m., Apple TV+

Saturday: 7:10 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 3:10 p.m., Marquee Sports Network

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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