Sunday, May 22, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Zack Greinke vs. Jaime Garcia
The Arizona Diamondbacks visit Busch Stadium on Sunday to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Zack Greinke for the Diamondbacks and Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Arizona at +110 and St. Louis at -120. The over/under was set at 7. The Diamondbacks have a 20-21-3 over/under record and a 21-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Cardinals are 21-21-0 against the run line and have a 25-15-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Diamondbacks head into this matchup with a 20-24 record, including 13-7 on the road. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke has a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 5.08 and a WHIP of 1.39. He has 51 strikeouts over his 56.2 innings pitched and he has given up 67 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.53. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 147 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen while being struck out 134 times and walking 65 times this season. As a team, Arizona has allowed 9.19 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.64 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.45. The Diamondbacks pitchers have collectively given up 411 base hits and 199 earned runs. They have allowed 45 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Arizona as a pitching staff has walked 160 batters and struck out 342. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.16.
As a team, Arizona is batting .269, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .274 average away from home. The Diamondbacks hold a .450 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.5 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt comes into this game hitting .236 and his on-base percentage is at .405. He has 35 hits this season along with 24 runs scored and 24 runs batted in. He's struck out 48 times and has walked 42 times. Jean Segura is hitting .337 and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 61 hits so far while scoring 23 runs and he's driven in 23. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 26 times. The Diamondbacks have 418 hits, including 87 doubles and 52 home runs. They've stolen 30 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 9 times. Arizona has walked 129 times this season and they've struck out 360 times as a unit. They've left 309 men on base and have a team OPS of .778. They score 4.66 runs per contest and have scored a total of 205 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this matchup with a 11-12 home record and a 22-20 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.86, Jaime Garcia has a 3-3 record and a 1.03 WHIP. He has 51 strikeouts over the 50.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 33 hits. He has allowed 5.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.77. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.52 and they have given up 103 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .220 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 137 times and walking 46 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.32 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.93 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 344 base knocks and 165 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 40 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff has walked 126 hitters and struck out 328. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 3.83.
As a team, they are batting .271, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .267 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .462 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .345 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.43 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .257 and he has an OBP of .385. He has 39 hits this year along with 29 runs scored and 32 RBI. He's struck out 36 times and has walked on 30 occasions. Yadier Molina is hitting .315 and he has an OBP of .394. He has collected 46 hits so far while he's scored 15 runs and drove in 16. He has earned a walk 18 times and has punched out 15 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 396 base hits, including 88 doubles and 55 homers. They have 14 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 7 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 152 times this year and they have struck out 329 times. They've had 311 men left on base and have an OPS of .807. They score 5.6 runs per game and have totaled 235 runs so far this season.
Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 20-21-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 21-23-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 25-15-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 21-21-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/15/16 RF David Peralta Wrist 15-day DL (5/9)
04/04/16 P Josh Collmenter Shoulder 15-day DL (3/28)
04/02/16 CF A.J. Pollock Elbow 60-day DL (4/2), out for season
St. Louis Cardinals
05/15/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 15-day DL (5/13)
04/04/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 15-day DL (4/1)
04/04/16 SS Jhonny Peralta Thumb 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jordan Walden Abdominal 15-day DL (3/31)
04/04/16 P Lance Lynn Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
04/04/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 CF Thomas Pham Oblique 15-day DL (4/4)
Tony's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks
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