Chase Anderson (1-1, 2.54 ERA) gets the start for the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-22) as they go up against Carlos Martinez (4-2, 4.08 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (28-16) in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The game gets underway at 4:15 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and will air on FSN-AZ and FSN-MW.
Martinez has a 7.71 ERA and a 0-0 record in his career against the Diamondbacks, and faces a solid Arizona offense that's hitting .265 on the year. Kolten Wong (.315, 25 Rs, 5 HRs, 22 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. The Diamondbacks were victorious the last time Anderson pitched. He pitched well, going, going 8.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out two and walking one in a 6-1 victory over the Marlins. Paul Goldschmidt (.333, 34 Rs, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Diamondbacks, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
St. Louis is a -160 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Cardinals perform well as a favorite with a 22-7 record and have an overall money line of +922. The Cardinals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 4.3 runs per game. The Cardinals are a superb hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL.
On the other side, the Diamondbacks have a record of 14-15 when they are the underdog and are +nine overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 5-5 SU and have played well as the underdog with a 5-2 record. 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.
The Cardinals will take on a right-hander (Anderson) in this game. They have done very well against right-handed starting pitchers this season (22-11), especially at home where they have a 13-2 record. The right-handed Martinez will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 15-17 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Cardinals are 7-8. The Diamondbacks are 8-7 in close games this season.
The Diamondbacks are 4-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 4-3 in such matchups.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Cardinals have a 7-2 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 19-6. The Diamondbacks have a 15-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 12th, St. Louis is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 189 this season. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 204.
Ranking 18th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 121 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top half at 12th with 138.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 18-6. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 16-7 record.