Arizona Diamondbacks (30-69, fifth in the NL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (48-50, fourth in the NL Central) Chicago; Saturday, 2:20 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Merrill Kelly (6-7, 4.46 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 99 strikeouts) Cubs: Alec Mills (4-3, 4.64 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 46 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -154, Diamondbacks +135; over/under is 11 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Chicago and Arizona will square off on Saturday. The Cubs are 29-17 on their home turf.
He also accused D-backs owner Ken Kendrick of sending him a "threatening" email in response to his June tweet, which had urged Kendrick to sell the team "to someone who cares." "So when @azcentral printed my critical tweet of the awful Dbacks owner, Kendrick sent me this threatening email, copying my law firm," Woods wrote Thursday. "They caved in minutes.
Kelly (6-7, 4.46 ERA) has been Arizona's most successful starting pitcher in terms of victories this season, and he continues to draw reported interest around the majors as the trade deadline approaches. He's been extremely solid of late, going 4-0 with a 2.56 ERA in six starts since June 21. Entering play Friday, Kelly's victories over that span were second-most in the NL.