The Arizona Diamondbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals will wrap up a three-game series at Busch Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. St. Louis has won the first two games of this series and can complete a much-needed sweep with another strong performance on Wednesday.
Arizona comes into this game with an overall record of 22-59, and they are an astonishing 29 games out of first place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks have gone just 10-35 away from home this season, and playing the Cardinals in St. Louis is never an easy task.
St. Louis has now won three of its last four games, and this team is trying to build some momentum heading into the month of July. The Cardinals are still just 39-41 on the season and are eight games out of first place in the NL Central Division.
The St. Louis Cardinals are -210 on the moneyline in the series finale.
Diamondbacks at Cardinals Preview and Pick: Arizona Can’t Get Outs
The Diamondbacks have a team ERA of 5.26 so far this season, and all parts of the pitching staff has been a disaster for Arizona. This team has actually pitched pretty well so far in this series, and it will take another great pitching performance on Wednesday.
Righty Riley Smith starts for the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, and he is 1-3 with a 5.71 ERA so far this season. Smith is not facing a great offensive team, and this could be a chance for him to turn things around.
Arizona is actually right at league average in total runs scored this season, and hitting isn’t usually an issue. The Diamondbacks have scored just three total runs in this series, and that will need to improve in the series finale.
Eduardo Escobar leads the D-Backs with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs, but it sounds like he will be traded in the coming days.
Diamondbacks at Cardinals Preview and Pick: Cardinals Must Score Runs
St. Louis has had some serious trouble scoring runs this season, and that is despite adding Nolan Arenado to the lineup before the season. Arenado blasted a two-run homer in the win on Tuesday night, but several other starters have struggled at the plate.
The Cardinals come into Wednesday night, hitting just .225 as a team, and the on-base percentage has not been much better. If St. Louis is going to get back in the playoff race, then this team must be much better on the offensive side of the ball.
Kwang Hyun Kim starts for the Cardinals on Wednesday, and he is just 1-5 with a 3.98 ERA up to this point. The left hander has pitched well for the Cardinals at times, but he has struggled to be consistent.
Diamondbacks at Cardinals Preview and Pick: Cardinals Complete Series Sweep
Things have not been going well for the St. Louis Cardinals, but hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks comes at the perfect time. St. Louis appears to be figuring some things out, and it helps to face the worst team in baseball.
The Cardinals still have some serious concerns moving forward, but they have taken advantage of this opportunity up to this point. Arizona doesn’t appear to be interested in winning any games away from home, and they don’t put up too much of a fight.
It is going to take some offense to win on Wednesday as this pitching matchup is featuring struggling starters. It will be St. Louis that is able to do the most damage at the plate, and it will lead to a series sweep.
Bet the St. Louis Cardinals -1.5 as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for a third straight game.