Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1) at St. Louis Cardinals (3-3)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 5, 2018, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -120 / Arizona Diamondbacks +110 --- Over/Under: 8
The Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals meet Thursday in MLB action at Busch Stadium.
The Arizona Diamondbacks look to build on their 5-1 record when they take to the road for the first time. The Diamondbacks offense has been on fire out the gate, but the pitching staff has allowed just one run in their last 18 innings. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won 25 of their last 32 regular season games when allowing less than seven runs. Offensively, Nick Ahmed leads Arizona with eight hits and seven RBI while A.J. Pollock and David Peralta have combined for 14 hits and six RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Ray is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to get a game above a .500 record when they play their first home game. The Cardinals offense is leading the way so far, scoring four or more runs in five of their first six games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense was hit or miss last year, but they’ve won 18 of their last 21 games when scoring more than three runs. Paul DeJong leads the Cardinals with 10 hits and five RBI while Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez have combined for 16 hits and six RBI. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Wacha is 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks are 13-3 in their last 16 Thursday games, 5-1 in Rays last 6 road starts and 17-5 in Rays last 22 starts. The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 4-10 in their last 14 overall. The Diamondbacks are 16-36 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis, 8-20 in the last 28 meetings and the under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
Ray got the win in his season opener, but he wasn't good, allowing six earned runs and three homers in five innings of work. The St. Louis Cardinals have caught fire offensively and will be motivated to keep it going in their home debut. It's tough to turn down the Diamondbacks in their current form and the plus money, but I give the Cards an edge at home.