Arizona Diamondbacks vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 20 (8/20): MLB

Arizona Diamondbacks vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 20 (8/20): MLB

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Odds

Time 9:40 p.m. EST
Diamondbacks money line +148
Diamondbacks run line +1.5 (-110)
Cardinals money line -180
Cardinals run line -1.5 (-110)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Arizona Diamondbacks St Louis Cardinals
Record 55-63 66-51
Home / road record 32-29 26-30
Last 10 record 6-4 7-3
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 51-62-5 55-58-4
Runs / game 4.26 4.78
Runs allowed / game 4.42 3.95

 

Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the St Louis Cardinals will play the 4th game of the series at the Oracle Park on Thursday. The Dbacks took the win 3-2 in the third game of the series and are now 7-4 against the Cardinals this season.

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks get here with a 54-63 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.26 runs per game and they're batting for .229 AVG, 503 runs scored in 890 hits and 130 home runs, ranking #17 in offense in the league behind the Cleveland Guardians. Christian Walker leads with 29 home runs and 69 RBI and Ketel Marte is batting for .261 AVG. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.42 runs per game and rank #20 in the league. Merrill Kelly leads the team with a 2.81 ERA and 122 strikeouts and 10 wins recorded.

Probable Pitcher:  Madison Bumgarner (6-12, 4.37 ERA)

Bumgarner will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner took the loss against San Francisco on Monday, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six batters over 5.2 innings. He has a record of 5-6 with an ERA of 5.26 and 68 strikeouts in 14 appearances versus the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 60-49 record and have won 8 of their last 10 games. The team is averaging 4.78 runs and and they're batting for .255 AVG, have 559 runs scored in 1011 hits and 138 home runs, ranking #4 in offense in the league behind the Atlanta Braves. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with 29 home runs and batting for .335 AVG with 94 RBI so far.

Defensively they are allowing 3.95 runs per game and rank #8 in the league. Adam Wainwright leads the pitching staff with a 3.11 ERA, 123 strikeouts and 9 wins recorded with the Cards.

Probable Pitcher:  Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.17 ERA)

Hudson will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Cardinals. Hudson was initially lined up to start Wednesday at home versus the Rockies, but the Cardinals used Monday's off day to push the right-hander to the back of the rotation. He has a record of 2-2 with an ERA of 3.26 and 16 strikeouts in 6 appearances against the Rockies in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

St. Louis are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games against Arizona.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing on the road against Arizona.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games at home.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis.

 

Prediction

The Cardinals have been on fire lately winning 5 of their last 6 games and have climbed to #4 in offense in the league with 4.78 runs per game. For this game they'll send Dakota Hudson to the mound who's coming from a great start vs Brewers where he allowed 2 runs across 8 innings pitched and allowed also 2 runs in 7 innings vs Dbacks earlier this season. The Dbacks have played good at home with a 32-29 record but will have a rookie on the mound against one of the hottest offenses. Madison Bumgarner has been awful this season allowing at least 4 runs in each of his last 3 starts so expect the Cardinals to score easy on this game. Take the Cardinals to cover the run line.

PICK: Cardinals -1.5 (-110)

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