St. Louis Cardinals (43-40) at Arizona Diamondbacks (47-38)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 3, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -144 / St. Louis Cardinals +134 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Tuesday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for another win after losing four of their last five games. The Cardinals have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last seven games when scoring more than one run. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 86 hits and 44 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 157 hits and 88 RBI. Jack Flaherty gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 2.92 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s first career game against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks need a victory here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Diamondbacks have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost five of their last six games when allowing at least two runs. Offensively, David Peralta leads the Diamondbacks with 86 hits and 45 RBI while Paul Goldschmidt and Ketel Marte have combined for 156 hits and 76 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 8-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 12-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 102 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League West, 1-5 in Flahertys last 6 starts during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Flahertys last 5 road starts. The Diamondbacks are 9-2 in their last 11 Tuesday games, 21-7 in Greinkes last 28 home starts and 5-1 in Greinkes last 6 starts. The Cardinals are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Arizona, 21-10 in the last 31 meetings and the under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Greinke deserves to be the favorite at home, as he's looked more like Greinke this season and hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 innings. However, the Diamondbacks are back in one of those cold spells currently, and we're getting nice sized plus money with Flaherty, a pitcher who has allowed one or less runs in six of his last nine starts and is giving up just a .211 batting average. On the road this season in 28.2 innings, Flaherty has a 2.20 ERA with an allowed batting average of .200. In terms of value, the Cards are worth a play here.