MLB Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals vs Arizona Diamondbacks
As the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks prepare for their series decider at Chase Field, tension and anticipation fill the air. With the series currently tied 1-1, both teams will give their all to secure a win.
St. Louis Cardinals (45-57, fourth in the NL Central)
The Cardinals will rely on right-hander Jack Flaherty to control the game. Flaherty, however, has an underwhelming 7-6 record with a 4.39 ERA and 1.53 WHIP this season, which might expose the Cardinals to the Diamondbacks' offense.
Offensively, Nolan Arenado is the standout performer for the Cardinals, leading in home runs, batting average, and RBIs. Despite Arenado's efforts, the team's .256 batting average indicates a lack of consistent scoring.
With relief pitcher Ryan Helsley on the 60-Day IL, the Cardinals bullpen might feel some strain, especially if Flaherty struggles.
Arizona Diamondbacks (55-47, second in the NL West)
Zac Gallen, the Diamondbacks' probable pitcher, boasts an impressive 11-4 record, a 3.18 ERA, and a 1.06 WHIP this season. Gallen's strong performance could pose a substantial challenge for the Cardinals' batters.
The Diamondbacks' offensive strength lies in the hands of Christian Walker and Ketel Marte. Walker leads in home runs, while Marte dominates in batting average. The team's batting average stands at .257, demonstrating their scoring prowess.
The Diamondbacks will miss Gabriel Moreno, who's on the 10-Day IL. However, the strength of their lineup should help compensate for this loss.
We predict a victory for the Arizona Diamondbacks in this decisive game. This is largely due to the superior performance of their probable pitcher, Zac Gallen, who's expected to keep the Cardinals' batters at bay.
The Cardinals have struggled recently, and facing Gallen could further compound their difficulties. In contrast, the Diamondbacks have shown more consistency in their offensive and defensive play, which should play a crucial role in securing a win.
While the Cardinals' Nolan Arenado could make some significant contributions, it's unlikely to be enough to overcome the combined strength of the Diamondbacks. Expect the Diamondbacks to seize the day and emerge victorious in this series decider.
Pick: Diamondbacks ML -160