Rubby De La Rosa (11-5, 4.32 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (12-6, 2.85 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (62-63) and the St. Louis Cardinals (80-45) at Chase Field. The Cardinals won the last game 3-1 and St. Louis can finish out the series sweep with a win in this game. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 27 and can be seen on FSAZ and FSMW.
De La Rosa pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 6-3 win over the Reds. Paul Goldschmidt (.330, 80 Rs, 24 HRs, 93 RBIs, 20 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one run. Martinez went 6.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in an 8-0 defeat to the Padres in his most recent start.
St. Louis takes on Arizona as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Diamondbacks have an overall money line of +291 and a record as the underdog of 37-40. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 110 bases.
In the other locker room, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +2,460 and an impressive record of 68-29 as the favorite. The Cardinals allow 3.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.8 runs per game during that span. The Cardinals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.1 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Cardinals lead the season series, 5-0. The Diamondbacks have a 48-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. De La Rosa (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 63-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL, O/U - Over
Arizona won its last game in a shutout, its ninth of the season. St. Louis has been shut out 10 times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Diamondbacks are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 13-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Cardinals have a slight leg up on the Diamondbacks, as the Cardinals have won their last three games while the Diamondbacks have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 45-16. The Cardinals have a 49-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, St. Louis has earned 499 this season. Arizona ranks fourth with 568 runs.
Arizona and St. Louis both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Arizona sits at 10th with 379 this season and St. Louis ranks eighth with 380.
When the Diamondbacks hit at least one home run, they are 44-23, well-matched with the Cardinals who are 52-20 when hitting one or more homers.