In the first of a four-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (62-61) and the St. Louis Cardinals (78-45) at Chase Field, Robbie Ray (3-9, 3.38 ERA) and Lance Lynn (9-8, 2.94 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 24 and will air on FSAZ, FSMW and ESPN.
In his most recent outing, Ray pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-1 loss 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. The Cardinals were unsuccessful to the Giants 2-0 the last time Lynn pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking five.
Arizona, a +120 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against St. Louis. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Diamondbacks are 37-38 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +491. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 110 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Cardinals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .691 when playing as the favorite (65-29) and an overall money line of +2,160. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the St. Louis pitchers. They allowed 4.4 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 3.0. The St. Louis pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.1 strikeouts per game.
The previous three games have all gone St. Louis's way. The Diamondbacks will take on a right-hander (Lynn) in this game and have a 48-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Ray will take the mound against the Cardinals. Against righty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 60-30 record.
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.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Cardinals have a record of 23-9 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 12-40. The Cardinals have a 19-30 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 102 this season. Arizona ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 113.
Ranking first in hits, Arizona has earned 9.34 per game this season. St. Louis ranks eighth with 8.57 hits.
Ranking 17th, 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 .738.
When the Cardinals allow at least one home run, they are 31-30. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 30-50 record.