St. Louis Cardinals (43-41) at Arizona Diamondbacks (48-38)
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 4, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -130 / St. Louis Cardinals +120 --- Over/Under: 8
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Wednesday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a bounce back win here after losing five of their last six games. The Cardinals have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost seven straight games when scoring more than three runs. Offensively, Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 86 hits and 44 RBI while Jose Martinez and Matt Carpenter have combined for 159 hits and 88 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 8-3 with a 2.61 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Arizona Diamondbacks also need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Diamondbacks have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 87 hits and 48 RBI while David Peralta and Ketel Marte have combined for 158 hits and 77 RBI. Patrick Corbin gets the ball, and he is 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA and 134 strikeouts this season. Corbin is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 0-6 in their last 6 Wednesday games and 4-1 in Mikolas' last 5 road starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-10 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series, 0-5 in Corbins last 5 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-5 in Corbins last 6 home starts. The Cardinals are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Arizona, 22-10 in the last 32 meetings and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.
We're getting plus money with a pitcher in Mikolas who has allowed two or less runs in seven of his last 10 games. Yes, Corbin has allowed just one run in his last 13 innings and is giving up just a .200 batting average, but he also has a 3.69 ERA at home compared to an ERA of 2.32 on the road. Mikolas consistently gives the Cardinals a chance to win games and has been a ground ball machine all season long. With two solid pitchers on the hill, I want the guy who is giving me a better return on my money. Give me the Cards again.