Jaime Garcia (0-1, 2.57 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (29-16) meet Archie Bradley (2-1, 4.00 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-23) in the second of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 3-2 and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and will air on FSN-AZ and FSN-MW.
Garcia is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA against the Diamondbacks in his career, but is up against a solid Arizona offense that's hitting .264 on the year. Matt Carpenter (.325, 31 Rs, 8 HRs, 27 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful the last time Bradley pitched. He struggled, going, going 5.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out four and walking two in a 7-6 loss to the Marlins. Paul Goldschmidt (.338, 34 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
St. Louis is a -150 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Cardinals have a winning record of 22-7 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +1,042. The Cardinals are a stellar hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL.
Moving on to the away team, the Diamondbacks come into this game with a win percentage of .500 when playing as the underdog (15-15) and an overall money line of +129. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 6-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 6-4. One of the top road hitting teams in the NL are the Diamondbacks, who average 9.9 hits in games away from home. Arizona is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 41 stolen bases.
So far this season, the Cardinals are 1-0 against the Diamondbacks. This game will feature Bradley (RHP) on the mound against the Cardinals, who have a 13-2 home and 23-11 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Diamondbacks will be the left-hander Garcia. They sport a 5-5 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks lost their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cardinals are 8-8. The Diamondbacks are also 8-8 in close games this season.
When the Cardinals play into extra innings, they have a 5-3 record. The Diamondbacks are 4-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 13-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 20-6. The Diamondbacks have a 15-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 192 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fifth with 206.
Ranking 18th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 126 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top half at 13th with 140.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 19-6. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 16-8 record.