Arizona Diamondbacks vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 21 (8/21): MLB

Arizona Diamondbacks vs St Louis Cardinals Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 21 (8/21): MLB

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Odds

Time 4:10 p.m. EST
Diamondbacks money line +108
Diamondbacks run line +1.5 (-150)
Cardinals money line -130
Cardinals run line -1.5 (+130)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Arizona Diamondbacks St Louis Cardinals
Record 55-65 68-51
Home / road record 32-31 28-30
Last 10 record 6-4 7-3
Streak L2 W6
Over / under record 52-63-5 56-59-4
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 3rd game of the series at the Oracle Park on Sunday. The Cards outscored the Dbacks 16-7 in the second game of the series. Pujols blasted two more homers on Saturday night, pushing his career total to 692.

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks get here with a 55-65 record and have lost 4 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:  Merrill Kelly (10-5, 2.81 ERA)

Kelly will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Diamondbacks. Kelly registered a no-decision during Tuesday's 2-1 loss to San Francisco, allowing four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. He has a 2-1 record with an ERA of 3.00 and 16 strikeouts in 3 appearances versus the Cardinals in his career.

St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals get here with a 68-51 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:  Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.38 ERA)

Quintana will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Cardinals. Quintana allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three over five-plus innings, taking a no-decision versus the Rockies on Tuesday. He has a 0-2 record with an ERA of 8.57 and 20 strikeouts in 4 appearances against the Diamondbacks in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

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

St. Louis are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Arizona.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Arizona's last 7 games against St. Louis.

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

Arizona are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis..

 

Prediction

The Cardinals offense continue to stay hot and scored 16 runs in the second game of the series but they'll now face Merrill Kelly who has been solid this season and dominated the Cards the last time they met holding them to zero runs across 7 innings. Jose Quintana will start for the Cardinals who will look for his second win with the team but has struggled vs Dbacks in his career. It's hard to go against the Cardinals right now but Kelly is capable of slow them down but with Quintana pitching good I think the best play is the under.

PICK: Under 7.5 (-110)

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