Jul 19, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) leads off of first base as Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) covers at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to continue their season long 4-game winning streak on Friday night when they welcome the Chicago Cubs to Chase Field. Both squads are coming off series victories, but also have more work to do in order to reach to the top of their respective divisions. The Dbacks will be wise to fight off a let down after experiencing their peak so far early on in the season. The young-bloods from the North Side are coming into their own and are a serious threat.
Chicago (23-17) is currently in 2nd place in the National League Central, 3.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. They spent this past week in San Diego, defeating the Padres in 2-of-3 games. The Cubbies have won their last three series, including a 4-game sweep of the New York Mets. Speaking of 4-game sweeps, Arizona (19-21) is coming off doing that to the Miami Marlins. Although they stayed at 4th place in the National League West, they are only 5 games back of the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Cubs boast one of the youngest cores in baseball and figure to be formative for years and years to come. The Dbacks are no slouch in the youth department either. Earlier today, we discussed the arrival Yasmany Tomas and played with the possibility of a National League Rookie of the Year award. We’ve got a whole season to speculate about that award. Right now let’s talk about what’s right in front of us, the Chicago Cubs.