Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks will face the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Fox Sports Arizona will be showing this NL matchup. The first pitch will be at 1:15 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Oddsmakers have listed St. Louis (-155) as the favorite over Arizona (+135). The total is sitting at 7.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -120 and the under for even money (+100). You can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at -110 for the Diamondbacks -1.5 runs and +100 for the Cardinals +1.5.

The Cardinals are 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS. The teams lost 1.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.3 units against the spread (ATS). The Diamondbacks have gone 6-1 SU this year and are 5-2 ATS. In total, the teams accumulated 5.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season and 3.0 units ATS.

Cardinals games have a 3-4 over/under record so far in 2018. The Diamondbacks have an over/under record of 3-4.

The Diamondbacks have gained 0.6 units and are 2-1 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in one of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 1.0 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in three of those games, compared to two which went under the total.

Zack Greinke (0-0, 1.59 ERA) will get the start for the visiting Diamondbacks. The right-handed Greinke struck out 215 hitters in 202 innings last year (with only 45 walks) while finishing the season 17-7 overall with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

The Cards are putting the ball in the hands of righty Michael Wacha (0-1, 7.71 ERA), who struck out 158 hitters over 165 innings last year with 55 walks. Wacha finished the season 12-9 overall with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

As a unit, St. Louis pitchers have yielded 4.0 runs per game overall this year. The clubs starters have an ERA of 4.17, a WHIP of 1.45 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.1. The bullpen has a 3.75 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

St. Louis hitters are putting up 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .251/.333/.444 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Shortstop Paul DeJong and catcher Yadier Molina have led the Cardinals offense so far. DeJong is slashing .385/.429/.731 with 10 hits, five RBIs and five runs scored, and Molina’s line is .259/.276/.630 with seven hits, six RBIs and four runs scored.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .285/.325/.532, DeJong enjoyed batting against righties at home last year, slashing .383/.416/.695 over 149 such plate appearances.

For the visiting squad, Arizona’s pitching staff allowed 3.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.02 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 11.45 K/9. The bullpen has an excellent ERA of just 1.98, along with a WHIP of 1.13.

Diamondbacks hitters have slashed .258/.358/.422 on their way to 5.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings have led Arizona’s hitters. Ahmed is slashing .471/.526/.824 with eight hits, seven RBIs and four runs scored, while Owings has a .429 average with nine hits, four RBIs and seven runs scored.

Ahmed didn’t perform especially well against righty pitching in 2017, putting up a slash line of .198/.238/.345 across 122 plate appearances (his overall season line was .256/.303/.427).

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The Diamondbacks went 3-4 SU against the Cardinals last season.
  • The Diamondbacks bullpen managed an ERA of 2.11 against the Cardinals last year.