Cardinals vs Diamondbacks Prediction
It’s the third of a four-game series in Arizona on Saturday for the Cardinals vs Diamondbacks match-up. The St. Louis Cardinals have won the first two games of the series and won three overall. St. Louis comes into the game with a 29-22 record, which is good enough for first place in the National League Central. For the Arizona Diamondbacks, they have now dropped 12 straight games. The Diamondbacks are 18-34 on the season. The Cardinals come into this game as big favorites at -135.
It’s safe to say you can wager St. Louis at -135 on Saturday.
Veteran Right Hander on the Mound for St. Louis
Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the Cardinals. The veteran will turn 40 years old before the end of the regular season. Wainwright is coming off a great outing last Sunday, where he allowed just a single hit in 8 innings against the Cubs. On the season, Wainwright is 2-4 with a 3.95 earned run average. Wainwright has thrown 54.2 innings and struck out 51 batters while walking 14 on the season.
The St. Louis offense looks to be solid when everyone is healthy. Currently, the Cardinals are missing both Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong. Tyler O’Neill has returned from injury and hit home runs in both the first two games of the series. St. Louis has a team batting average of .231, and they are scoring 4.3 runs per game. In the first two games against the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals are scoring 6.5 runs per game.
Nolan Arenado is no stranger to playing in Arizona, after all his seasons in Colorado. He hit a home run in the win on Friday and leads the team with 11. Paul Goldschmidt is facing his former teammates and will come into the affair with a .251 batting average. Veteran Yadier Molina is the leading hitter for the Cardinals, just shy of .300 on the season, while Rookie Dylan Carlson is up to .271.
Diamondbacks Losers of 12 Straight Games
Amazingly, Arizona has lost 12 straight games. The Diamondbacks lost Thursday night in extra innings and then got behind early on Friday’s affair. Arizona is right in the middle of the pack, scoring 4.3 runs per game and picking up nearly 8 hits per game. On the other side, the pitching is allowing nearly 9 hits per game and over 5 runs per game. Arizona’s team ERA sits at 4.95 on the season.
Offensively, Eduardo Escobar anchors the power supply with 12 home runs. Pavin Smith has been hot for Arizona and leads the team with 10 doubles, while Jose Rojas has added 11 and Nick Ahmed with 10. The Diamondbacks are also seeing their catcher, former Cardinal Carson Kelly, hit .298.
The Diamondbacks will send Seth Frankoff to the mound in this game. Frankoff has thrown just 8.2 innings this season, walking 5 batters and striking out 6. The last time the 32 year old pitched was May 21st at Colorado, where he took a loss allowing 7 hits over 4 innings.
The Hits Keep Coming Against Arizona
The Cardinals are going to win this game and win their third straight game. Arizona just does not seem to be doing anything well right now. St. Louis is looking to win their fourth straight game and stay at the top of the division. Look for another solid outing from the 39-year-old Wainwright. Along with the bat bats of Goldschmidt and Arenado and the pitching of Adam Wainwright – the Cardinals win this game.
Make sure you place your bet on the St. Louis Cardinals -135 in their game on Saturday night.