Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals - 4/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (10-8) at Arizona Diamondbacks (10-10)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
J Garcia (1-1) (2.70) vs. Z Greinke (1-2) (5.25)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -144 / St. Louis Cardinals +134 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks begin a four-game series Monday night at Chase Field.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals offense has shown signs of coming back to life, scoring 19 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in three of their last four games. The St. Louis Cardinals are at their best when the bats wake up, as Mike Matheny's team is 10-3 this year when scoring more than three runs. Aledmys Diaz leads St. Louis with 24 hits, Randal Grichuk has 11 RBI and Stephen Piscotty has three home runs. Jaime Garcia gets the ball, and he’s 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 5-0 with a 2.51 ERA and 24 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a big home victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Diamondbacks allowed 21 runs in their three-game series to the Pirates but have still allowed three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks win when their pitching staff shows up, as they’re 8-1 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads Arizona with 28 hits, Yasmany Tomas has 10 RBI and Paul Goldschmidt has five home runs. Zack Greinke takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 9-4 with a 3.03 ERA and 79 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. National League West and 12-4 in Garcias last 16 starts. The Diamondbacks are 19-9 in their last 28 during game 1 of a series and 2-11 in their last 13 vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and 36-15 in the last 51 meetings overall.
Greinke looked like himself in his last start, allowing just one run in 6.2 innings. Assuming Greinke is going to build on that start and continue pitching the way he usually does, Arizona should be the pick here. Tough to bet against one of the top pitchers in the game at home.