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Preview: Diamondbacks (62-90) at Cubs (68-84)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: April 24, 2014 2:20 PM EDT
  

The Chicago Cubs appeared poised to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field with a victory until their bullpen imploded against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Given the way these teams' relievers have fared the last two days, no lead may be safe Thursday as they conclude a four-game series.

Chicago (7-13) failed to claim its fourth win in five games despite taking a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning Wednesday. Three relievers then combined to allow five runs on three hits, two walks and an error in a 7-5 defeat.

Neither bullpen appears to be very sturdy after the Cubs separated themselves Tuesday with a four-run eighth in a 9-2 victory. Chicago has blown four saves in six opportunities while Arizona has squandered three of its nine chances.

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The Cubs' 26 blown saves in 2013 were the second-most in the NL behind Arizona's 29, and their 75 since the start of the 2011 season are the second-most in that span behind Houston.

'That one finished not like we would have wanted, obviously,' manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday. 'It seemed like the inning kept opening up, and we weren't able to end up in the end putting a stop to it.'

Given the inability by Edwin Jackson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) to go deep into games, the Cubs will likely have to look to their shaky bullpen again Thursday. Jackson has failed to complete six innings in three of his four starts, though he comes off just his second win in 14 outings. He allowed two runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings of an 8-4 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday.

Jackson was 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA in 21 starts for Arizona in 2010 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox at the deadline. He's 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four games against the Diamondbacks since.

Arizona (6-18) won for just the second time in 12 games Wednesday, and perhaps general manager Kevin Towers' sharp assessment of the club helped provide some motivation for the comeback.

"It's a team that should be performing a lot better than they are, and it's not like help is on its way," Towers told the Diamondbacks' official website. "These guys are the guys who are going to have to get it done."

The Diamondbacks had totaled four runs in their last three games before Wednesday. Paul Goldschmidt has reached base in 23 of 24 games after going 2 for 5 with his ninth double. He's 15 for 35 (.429) with 11 RBIs over his last nine contests against the Cubs.

Rookie Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 10.29) will make his second start after yielding seven runs and seven hits in four innings of an 8-6 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Arizona decided to keep him in the rotation with former starter Trevor Cahill having some success as a reliever.

"It's how you respond to it," Bolsinger said. "Each time I've been out there, I've kind of learned. I learned a lot from my first time out and I kind of learned a lot from this start. Hopefully I can take it on to the next one."

The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in a three-inning relief appearance against the New York Mets in his major league debut April 14.

Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero, who collected a hit for the fifth straight game Wednesday, are each 4 for 9 off Jackson.

Arizona's Mark Trumbo, among the major league leaders with seven homers and 19 RBIs, will be sidelined for an extended period of time because of a stress fracture in his left foot.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Diamondbacks at Cubs
Mon, Apr 21 Final 1 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Diamondbacks at Cubs
Tue, Apr 22 Final 2 to 9
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Diamondbacks at Cubs
Wed, Apr 23 Final 7 to 5
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GAME 4
Diamondbacks at Cubs
Thu, Apr 24 Final 5 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +110   -180   10 
 CHC  -120   +160   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  +116   -170   10 
 CHC  -126   +150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 ARI  23%   7%   55% 
 CHC  77%   93%   45% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 23, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 7 Cover: +105 
 CHC 5 Over: 12 
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 Apr 22, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 2 Over: 11 
 CHC 9 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 21, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 ARI 1 Under: 6 
 CHC 5 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 29, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 9 Cover: +120 
 ARI 8 Over: 17 
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 Mar 28, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 3 Cover: +120 
 ARI 1 Over: 4 
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 Mar 26, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHC 4 Over: 18 
 ARI 14 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Apr 24
 
    Royals at Indians
12:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Pirates
12:35 PM EDT
    White Sox at Tigers
1:05 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Rays
1:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Orioles at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Padres at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Yankees at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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