Chicago faces Arizona, aims to build on Hamels’ strong performance
Chicago; Friday, 2 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Cubs are 3-2 in home games. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .353 is fourth in the National League. Willson Contreras leads the lineup with an OBP of .458.
The Diamondbacks are 6-4 on the road. Arizona has hit 29 home runs this season, seventh in the National League. Christian Walker leads the club with six, averaging one every 10 at-bats.
TOP PERFORMERS: Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 11 extra base hits and is slugging .635. Contreras is 9-for-30 with a double, five home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 7-3, .240 batting average, 2.43 ERA, outscored opponents by 31 runs
Diamondbacks: 5-5, .230 batting average, 3.56 ERA, outscored opponents by five runs
Cubs Injuries: Brandon Morrow: 10-day IL (elbow), Mike Montgomery: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jon Lester: 10-day IL (hamstring), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist), Tony Barnette: 10-day IL (shoulder), Victor Caratini: 10-day IL (hand).
Diamondbacks Injuries: Taijuan Walker: 60-day IL (elbow), T.J. McFarland: 10-day IL (shoulder), Silvino Bracho: 60-day IL (elbow), Steven Souza Jr.: 10-day IL (knee), Jake Lamb: 10-day IL (quad), Alex Avila: 10-day IL (quad).