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The St. Louis Cardinals will head west to face the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The game gets underway 9:40 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Arizona will broadcast this NL showdown.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Arizona (-135) as the favorite over St. Louis (+125). The total stands at eight runs and bettors can take the over for +100 and the under for -120. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds standing at -170 for the Cardinals +1.5 runs and +150 for the Diamondbacks -1.5 runs.

The Cardinals have gone 42-40 SU this year and are 39-42 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 7.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 5.0 units ATS. St. Louis is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are 47-37 SU and 44-39 ATS. They’ve gained 10.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.5 units ATS. Arizona has a 3-4 ATS record over its last seven outings and the under has hit in five of those seven.

Arizona games have had an over/under record of 38-40-5 thus far in 2018. Cardinals games have gone under 44 times, gone over 33 times and pushed on four occasions.

Carlos Martinez is getting the nod for St. Louis. The right-handed Martinez is 4-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 73 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Diamondbacks this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 3.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts across six innings).

The Diamondbacks will turn to lefty Robbie Ray (3-0, 4.01 ERA), who has 51 strikeouts and 19 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.37. Ray is 1-0 with nine strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against St. Louis this year.

As a unit, Arizona’s pitchers have yielded 3.7 runs per game overall this year. The teams starters have a 4.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.53, a WHIP of 1.15 and a K/9 of 7.9.

The Arizona offense has produced 4.4 runs per contest, including 3.5 per game over its last 10 games and 2.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .262/.319/.357 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Outfielder David Peralta and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have led the Diamondbacks offense this year. Peralta is slashing .280/.346/.503 with 15 home runs, 44 RBIs and 37 runs scored, and Goldschmidt’s line is .265/.377/.523 with 18 homers, 44 RBIs and 57 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, St. Louis pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.07 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.14, along with a WHIP of 1.25.

Cardinals hitters have slashed .241/.315/.396 on their way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.4 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez have led St. Louis hitters. Ozuna is slashing .285/.329/.417 with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 32 runs scored. Martinez (.299/.367/.496) is up to 13 homers, 52 RBIs and 35 runs scored.

The Cardinals have lost 5.5 units and are 9-11 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 10 of those games, compared to 10 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Diamondbacks have netted 1.1 units and are 29-26 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 26 of those games, as opposed to 27 which went under the total.

St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in just one of Arizona’s last seven games.
  • St. Louis fielders have 11 errors over the last 10 games, compared to six errors for Arizona over its last 10.
  • The Cardinals have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.