The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks will continue a National League series on Tuesday night at Chase Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:40 ET
St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks
St. Louis has been known to get off to a hot start offensively, entering this series having scored in the opening inning in each of the last six games. Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal has played a major part in that success, leading NL leadoff batters with a .402 on-base percentage and 21 runs scored. The club was 4-3 against the Diamondbacks last season, while going 27-24 all-time in Arizona. St. Louis is 35-29 in May the last two-plus years.
Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (3-2, 2.12 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last four outings, coming off a 6-3 home loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates last time out, giving up four runs and nine hits over 6.1 innings of work. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA in two road outings, as opponents have yet to homer and are hitting .204 against him. In three career outings (two starts) versus the Diamondbacks, Westbrook is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA, which includes a 1-0 mark and 2.70 ERA in two appearances (one start) at this ball park.
Arizona returned home after splitting a 10-game road trip, but that may not be a good thing, considering the club was 3-7 in its last 10 games at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks are still 100-80 at home over the last two-plus seasons, with the “over” going 88-86 in that span. Offensively, the team is not getting the big hit in crucial situations, batting .221 with runners in scoring position this season. Arizona is 10-10 versus right-handed starters this year.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (3-1, 3.23 ERA) has received just three runs of support over his last two starts, watching the club drop both of those contests. He is coming off a 2-1 road loss to the Washington Nationals, giving up two runs and four hits over seven frames. The right-hander is a perfect 2-0 with a 4.58 ERA in three home starts, but opposing hitters are batting .325 against him. In two career games versus the Cardinals, Kennedy is 1-1 with a 12.00 ERA, as he’s managed to strike out just four batters in nine innings.
Bettors will likely back the Cardinals due to their 5-1 mark in Westbrook’s last six starts as an underdog, while the Diamondbacks are 0-8 in the second game of a series.
Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks +116
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