Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Saturday July 13, 2019, 7:15 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Cardinals -120 / Arizona Diamondbacks +100
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game two of a three game set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Saturday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will look to add to their current four game winning streak after starting the second half of the season with a 4-2 win over the Cards on Friday night in the series opener. Ketel Marte had a home run and two RBIs while Christian Walker and Jake Lamb each added a solo home run to round out Arizona’s scoring as a team in the win. Nick Ahmed went 2 for 4 at the dish while Eduardo Escobar added a base knock of his own to cap off Arizona’s offense as the D-Backs had just six hits as a team in the victory. Robbie Ray got the win to improve to 7-6 on the year after allowing just one run on two hits while striking out eight over 6.1 innings of work. Greg Holland closed out the 9th for his 15th save of the season. Merrill Kelly will start game two and is 7-8 with a 4.03 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. This will be Kelly’s first career start against St. Louis.
The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win after dropping the series opener on Friday. Matt Wieters had a solo homer and Paul DeJong added an RBi of his own to round out St. Louis’ scoring as a team in the loss. Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong each had a base hit to finish off St. Louis’ offense as the Cardinals had just four hits as a team in the losing effort, with the rest of the team batting 0 for 19 with 9 strikeouts. Daniel Ponce de Leon gave up one run on three hits while striking out seven over 6.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Andrew Miller ended up with the loss to fall to 3-4 on the year. Dakota Hudson will start game two and is 7-4 with a 3.51 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. This will be Hudson’s first career start against Arizona.
Arizona is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 2-5 in Kelly’s last 7 road starts while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. St. Louis is 8-1 in Hudson’s last 9 starts and 4-9 in their last 13 games overall while the under is 14-4 in their last 18 home games.
Getting plus money with the hotter team in Arizona is tempting, but I think the fact that Arizona is an underdog just goes to speak to how much of a mixed bag Kelly has been in his rookie season. The other issue with Kelly is that he hasn’t been great on the road and his ERA away from home sits just under five this season. It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Cardinals just seem to win games with Hudson on the mound, getting the W in eight of his last nine starts. I think the Cardinals need to start turning it on if the team is going to be serious about making a playoff push so I’ll side with the Cardinals for a bounce back victory in game two behind Hudson.