Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview
Where: Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO
When: Thursday, July 27, 2017, 7:15 PM ET
Line: Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: FS-A/FS-M
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Betting on the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-43)
The Arizona Diamondbacks will head into their series against the St. Louis Cardinals after taking two games out of three against the Atlanta Braves. The D-backs offense came to life as they scored 10 runs in both of their wins.
Recent acquisition J.D. Martinez has made an immediate impact upon his return to the lineup after getting hit by a pitch on his debut. He hit three home runs with seven RBIs against the Braves, including two homers in yesterday’s 10-3 win. Meanwhile, shortstop Ketel Marte also came up big with an inside-the-park two-run homer.
The D-backs also got good starts from Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin in those wins, and Zack Godley will look to continue that string of strong performances. The 27-year-old righty has had a strong season to date, but has struggled mightily in his last two starts. He’s given up 10 earned runs on 13 hits in his last 11.2 innings of work, but he did strike out 19 batters.
Godley has been much more hittable outside of Arizona this season. He’s sporting a .247 batting average against on the road, over 100 points higher than his .144 mark at home. He gave up three runs in seven strong innings in a 4-3 defeat to the Cardinals last month.
Betting on the St. Louis Cardinals (50-51)
The St. Louis Cardinals completed a rare series sweep of the Colorado Rockies as they won last night’s game, 10-5. That was the Cards’ first series sweep since taking all three games against the Philadelphia Phillies back on June 9-11.
But with trusty veteran Adam Wainwright heading to the DL with back stiffness, the Cards will turn to rookie Luke Weaver to lead them to their fourth straight win. Weaver, who has made just two relief appearances this season with three hits given up and no runs allowed, will be making his start of the year.
The 23-year-old made did make eight starts last year, and finished 1-4 with a 5.70 ERA. However, he has been excellent in Triple-A, where he’s gone 9-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 13 starts.
The Cards took two out of three games against the Diamondbacks at Arizona last month.
The Diamondbacks lineup gets to Weaver as Arizona gets the road win.
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