St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/22/14
Arizona Diamondbacks (18-29) at St. Louis Cardinals (24-21)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Wade Miley (L) (3-4) (4.935) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (5-2) (3.667)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -154 / Arizona Diamondbacks +144 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-AZ, FSN-MW
The St. Louis Cardinals will go for the sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
The Diamondbacks have lost four of their last six games and are 12 games below a .500 record. The Diamondbacks pitching rotation continues to be their downfall as they have the 29th worst ERA in the majors and have allowed five or more runs in five of their last eight games. In fact, the Diamondbacks are 26-6 this season when allowing three or more runs. Offensively, Paul Goldschmidt has nine extra base hits in his last eight games. Taking the mound is Wade Miley, who is 3-4 with a 4.94 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 62 innings. Miley is 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA in two career starts against the Cardinals.
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The Cardinals are back to their winning ways, winning six of their last seven games and sneaking back in the NL Central race. Pitching has been the key to success for the Cardinals, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in six of their last seven games and currently have the seventh best ERA in baseball at 3.31. Offensively, Matt Holliday is riding a six-game hitting streak and Yadier Molina has 16 hits in his last nine games. Lance Lynn will get the nod, and he’s 5-2 with a 3.67 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 54 innings. Lynn is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in five career games against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 11-3 in Miley's last 14 starts during game 3 of a series and 5-1 in Miley's last 6 road starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in Lynn's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest and 17-7 in Lynn's last 24 starts as a home favorite.
I don't like the heavy juice the Cards are getting in this game, but it's the only real option in this matchup. The Cardinals are back to playing terrific baseball at both ends, while the Diamondbacks continue to prove they're one of the worst teams in the land. Take the Cardinals as long as you think the price is fair.