In the first of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (22-19) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (19-24) at Busch Stadium, Carlos Martinez (4-3, 3.14 ERA) and Patrick Corbin (1-3, 4.14 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and will air on FSAZ and FSMW.
In his most recent outing, Martinez pitched 5.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking three in a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers. Jeremy Hazelbaker (.281, 16 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful against the Giants 5-3 the last time Corbin pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cardinals -165 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
Arizona has won 41% (9-13) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, St. Louis has won 59% (13-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are heading in with a 15-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 13-6. The Cardinals have a 19-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth, Arizona sits in the top 10 of the league in runs, scoring 194 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with 228.
Ranking 16th, Arizona is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 124 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 144.
When the Cardinals hit at least one home run, they are 17-11. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 16-14 record.