Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will be squaring off against the St. Louis Cardinals in a Sunday showdown. Fox Sports Arizona will broadcast this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 2:15 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

The Cardinals are 45-45 straight up (SU) and 43-46 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 11.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.6 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread only twice in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Diamondbacks are 47-46 SU and have gone 54-38 ATS. In total, the club has gained 3.8 units for moneyline bettors and 13.6 units ATS. Arizona’s covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Cardinals games have an over/under record of 38-44-7 so far in 2019. The Diamondbacks have an over/under record of 44-42-6.

Zack Greinke is getting the nod for the visiting Diamondbacks. The right-handed Greinke (10-3, 2.73 ERA) has racked up 108 strikeouts in 122 innings so far. This is his first outing against St. Louis this year. He did make two starts against the team in 2018, putting together a 1-1 record with a 5.40 ERA and nine strikeouts.

The Cardinals will turn to righty Adam Wainwright (5-7, 4.31 ERA), who has 82 punchouts and 36 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.38. Wainwright only made one start against the Diamondbacks in 2018 (0-1, 7.36 ERA and three strikeouts across 3.2 innings).

St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The team’s starting pitching staff has a 4.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.88 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 10.3 K/9.

The St. Louis hitters have produced 4.4 runs per contest, including 4.0 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .246/.311/.395 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Cardinals’ batters have been led by shortstop Paul DeJong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. DeJong is hitting .254/.339/.435 with 13 home runs, 37 RBIs and 57 runs scored, while Goldschmidt’s line is .249/.337/.417 with 16 homers, 37 RBIs and 50 runs scored.

For the visiting squad, Arizona’s pitchers have allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.09 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.65 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.37, along with a K-per-9 of 8.67.

Diamondbacks hitters have slashed .257/.324/.446 on their way to 5.1 runs scored per game this season, including 4.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Arizona’s offensive production has been fueled by Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar, who’ve collectively swatted 40 home runs. Marte is slashing .312/.360/.566 with 21 home runs, 55 RBIs and 59 runs scored, while Escobar (.295/.351/.545) is up to 19 homers, 68 RBIs and 59 runs scored.

The Diamondbacks have gained 1.5 units and are 39-25 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 27 of those games, compared to 34 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 7.3 units and are 35-34 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 28 of those games, compared to 36 that’ve gone under.

Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Diamondbacks, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Arizona has logged 15 extra-base hits over its last five outings. St. Louis has 11 XBH over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have an OPS of .770 this season and an OPS of .736 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS stands at .718 overall and .715 versus righties.
  • Arizona has posted 21.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 20.6 over its last five.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.