St. Louis Cardinals & Arizona D’Backs play the 3rd game of their series & The Cards have taken the first 2. STL remains with the best record in baseball at 80-45, including 34-26 on the road.
St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona D’Backs play the 3rd game of their early week set. The Cards have taken the first 2 by scores of 5-3 and 9-1 last night. St. Louis remains with the best record in baseball at 80-45, including 34-26 on the road. The two losses dropped Arizona under .500 at 62-23 with a record of only 30-31 on their home field. St. Louis appears to be motivated by the divisional race with the Pirates, while Arizona continues to exhibit a lack of desire to exceed the .500 mark. Eighteen times this season Arizona has been one game below .500. Only 3 times in those 18 events have they accelerated to the .500 mark. Beginning this week’s series with St. Louis, the D’Backs were on an 18-10 run to break the .500 barrier. But, they have quickly pulled back with a pair of non-competitive losses. Against the best team in baseball, who has defeated them 11 of 12 meetings, including 6 straight, it will be no surprise if they fail again! In a comeback season, tonight’s starter, Corbin, was rolling. But, his most recent outing against the struggling Cincinnati team (who is on a 5-15 slide) saw Corbin allow 4 runs on 8 hits in only 2 IP of work. He should not be trusted against a resurgent St. Louis offense.
The Cards were winning games with their pitching, until resurgence on Sunday. Now, they have scored 24 runs in their previous 3 games, making them very tough to beat. They continue to have the top-rated pitching in the National League with a .656 OPS, including a .646 OPS from their bullpen. No doubt that tonight’s starter, Lackey, has struggled on the road with a 4.40 ERA. In his previous start against San Diego (a 9-3 St. Louis loss) Lackey worked 6 innings allowing 5 runs on 9 hits. But, Lackey has been the Cards most consistent starter with a 2.99 YTD ERA and 12 quality starts prior to the bust against San Diego.
Along with the Cards’ resurgent offense, look for Lackey to bounce back from a rare poor outing. St. Louis is now playing with energy and passion, realizing they are in a dog-fight for the division lead with the Pittsburgh team, who has gone 57-25 the last half of the season and 22-9 recently. With a pair of series remaining against the Pirates, St. Louis is playing with full throttle. In a hitter’s park, expect St. Louis to continue with their offensive fire power and out-distance a team, whom they have dominated in the recent past.
MLB PIck: St. Louis Cardinals -110 at 5Dimes