Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14
St. Louis Cardinals (88-71) at Arizona Diamondbacks (63-96)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)
Michael Wacha (R) (6-6) (3.176) vs. Trevor Cahill (R) (2-10) (6.061)
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +140 / St. Louis Cardinals -150 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-MW, FSN-AZ
The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks finish the regular season with a three-game series at Chase Field that begins Friday.
The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last eight games and are hoping to wrap up the NL Central in this series. The Cardinals pitching staff has been leading the charge lately, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.50, which is 10th in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Matt Holliday has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Matt Carpenter has gotten on base in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Michael Wacha, who is 5-6 with a 3.18 ERA and has 90 strikeouts in 102 innings. Wacha is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA in two career starts against the Diamondbacks.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last nine games and are 33 games below a .500 record. The Diamondbacks offense has been horrible during this stretch, scoring three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. The Diamondbacks have lost 22 straight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Mark Trumbo has 13 RBIs in his last 10 games and David Peralta has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have an ERA of 4.28, which is 26th in the majors. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he’s 3-12 with a 5.55 ERA and has 102 strikeouts in 105.1 innings. Cahill is 0-3 with a 4.01 ERA in six career games against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 1-9 in Wachas last 10 road starts and 4-0 in Wachas last 4 starts vs. National League West. The Diamondbacks are 1-5 in their last 6 games following an off day and 1-5 in Cahills last 6 starts overall. The Cardinals are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona.
The Cardinals want to wrap up the division and the Diamondbacks are the perfect team to do it against. Arizona can't wait for the season to end. So, while I don't love the juice, St. Louis should get the win here.