Free MLB predictions: Cubs @ Diamondbacks 09:10 PM

field on Tuesday night. The Arizona Diamondbacks are out of first place in the NL West for the first time since mid May. Patrick Corbin, who has just come out of his first All-star appearance, will try to help the Diamondbacks get back on track by dominating the first half. Arizona (51-48) has recently been dropped a half-game behind the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks had lost 4-2 on Monday's series opener. They are out of first place for the first time since May 16 of this year. Arizona is batting at an average of .194 in its last 11 games. It is now at 6 for 42 (.143) with runners in scoring position in its last seven games. They have produced a total of nine runs in their last five matchups.

Baseball predictions expert reports that Junior Lake has been stellar in his starts for the Cubs (44-53). He went 4 for 5 with his first MLB homer and three RBIs. Lake's record of nine hits is the best of a Chicago player in the first four games after Andy Pafko did it first in 1943. Corbin who is at 11-1with an ERA of 2.35 will look for a strategy to contain Lake and others from the Chicago team. It is his first appearance coming off the All-Star game. Corbin went winless in six straight outings. The left-hander is now at 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his last pair of games. He allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings and fanned 10 in his last start before the break, which saw a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee on July 12. That match saw the Diamondbacks improve to 17-2. Corbin has a record of winning his only start versus the Cubs on June 2 despite he gave up four runs over six innings.

Free MLB picks insider informs that, in this game, Corbin will pitch against one more first-time All-Star, the left-hander Travis Wood. Wood is at 6-6 with an ERA of 2.79 and he has only one win in his last eight starts even when he allowed just three earned runs or fewer in each. He gave up three runs in the first-half of the finale versus St. Louis on July 14. In that match he also yielded a season-high 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings. This, however, failed to make it through the sixth for just the second time in this season in a 10-6 loss. Wood is now at 0-3 with an 8.40 ERA in his past three starts against Arizona. Wood allowed five runs over five innings in his latest matchup, which saw an 8-3 loss at Chase Field on Sept. 28.

Weekly MLB free picks expert reports that, in the meanwhile, Alfonso Soriano, a Cubs outfielder, is reportedly drawing interest from the New York Yankees. This would be making waves in the mind of Sveum as Matt Garza has been just traded to Texas. Soriano is batting at an average of .369 with 17 homers and 38 RBIs in the past 32 games versus the Diamondbacks. Soriano, however, had got a 10-game hitting streak in Arizona taken away on Monday. He had a double and two strike outs in his three at_bats against Corbin in June.

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