Zack Greinke (1-2, 5.25 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-10) meet Jaime Garcia (1-1, 2.70 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (10-8) in the first of a four-game series at Chase Field. The game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 25 and will air on FSAZ and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Greinke pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 2-1 victory over the Giants. Paul Goldschmidt (.261, 11 Rs, 5 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with three runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. The Cardinals were unsuccessful against the Cubs 2-1 the last time Garcia pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking four. Aledmys Diaz (.480, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well to start the season for the Cardinals, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, one RBI, and one stolen base.
The odds are Arizona -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.5. The Diamondbacks come into the game with the NL's third-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.7 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Diamondbacks are an exceptional hitting team with 10.0 hits per home game, one of the highest marks in the NL. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 16 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
St. Louis is one of the top hitting teams in the league, converting .276 of their at-bats for hits. St. Louis has an eye for the strike zone, ranking fourth in the NL with 3.8 walks per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
Arizona recorded at least two errors for the fourth time this season.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 2-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 0-8. The Cardinals have a 2-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Arizona has hit 29 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 28 home runs.
Arizona and St. Louis both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Arizona sits at third with 9.55 hits per game and St. Louis ranks second with 9.72.
Ranking ninth, Arizona is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.787). St. Louis ranks in the top five with an OPS of .851.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 5-4. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 3-7 record.