The D-backs (60-46) have endured their share of tribulations over the past month and now will attempt to bounce back from their worst loss of the season -- a 16-4 shellacking on Tuesday in which the Cubs belted five home runs. The loss dropped them a half-game behind Colorado in the race for the NL's first wild-card spot.
"Theres a lot of things that happened that weren't Arizona Diamondbacks baseball, and we'll go back to the drawing board and get after it tomorrow," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "How we accept losing and know why it happened and move off it as fast as possible is one of the good characteristics of this ball club. . . . We'll see how this team responds tomorrow. They've done it all year long."
For the Cubs (57-48), Tuesday's victory pushed them to a season-best nine games over .500. They are 14-3 since the All-Star break.
Godley, who was drafted by the Cubs and traded to the Diamondbacks after the 2014 season in a deal for Miguel Montero, pitched seven shutout innings against the Cardinals last Thursday, striking out seven while giving up four hits and two walks.
He has allowed three runs or fewer in seven of his eight road starts this season -- with the lone exception being his first start after the All-Star break in Atlanta.
"Really and truly, (I'm) just trying to remain consistent and keep doing the same thing I always do," Godley said last week. "Just continue to keep making my pitches and try to take advantage of the opportunities they gave me."
Godley made his only career start against the Cubs in 2015 and was roughed up for six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Arrieta's season has mirrored that of the Cubs. After struggling mightily to start the season, the 2015 Cy Young Award winner went 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in five July starts -- including three consecutive quality efforts. He limited the White Sox to two runs and two hits over 6 2/3 innings in his last outing on July 26.
"When the fastball is going where he wants it to, he'll be successful," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "Off that will be the confidence, and off that you'll see the cutter and curveball working better."
Arrieta has made five career starts vs. the D-backs, going 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA.