Two of the National League’s worst teams try to gain some type of momentum during the final week before the All-Star break.
Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago heads West for the second time in the last 14 days to begin a three-game series at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs can only hope to forget Sunday’s 14-3 blowout defeat at the hands of division-rival Cincinnati. “They hit seven home runs,” manager Lou Piniella said. “You would think we could get a few balls up in the air and let them ride out of here.” Chicago will look to win its first series opener since May 25, as they’ve lost 11 series openers in a row. The Cubs are desperate for a season turnaround having lost 21 of their last 32 games, but may have success in doing so against tonight’s opponent. Chicago stands at 7-2 against National League West competition, including a 3-1 mark against the Diamonbacks. The Cubs are 28-45 against all other foes.