Robbie Ray (3-9, 3.38 ERA) and Jaime Garcia (5-4, 1.79 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (62-61) and the St. Louis Cardinals (78-45) at Chase Field. The Cardinals won the last game 5-3 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and can be seen on FSAZ and FSMW.
Ray pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-1 defeat to the Pirates. David Peralta (.294, 48 Rs, 13 HRs, 66 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Garcia went 6.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Giants in his last outing.
The odds for Arizona and St. Louis are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 110 bases.
The Cardinals allow 3.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 4.5 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 have the edge in the season series, 4-0. The Diamondbacks have a 14-17 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Garcia takes the mound. Ray (LHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a 17-15 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL, O/U - Over
For the ninth time this season, the Diamondbacks registered at least two errors in a game.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 32-16 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 12-40. The Cardinals have a 20-30 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, St. Louis has hit 103 this season. Arizona ranks 18th with 114 home runs.
Arizona ranks at the top of the league when it comes to hits with 9.32 per game this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.59.
Ranking 18th, St. Louis is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .740.
The Cardinals are 32-30 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Diamondbacks are 30-51 when they allow at least one homer.