The Arizona Diamondbacks (58-59) and St. Louis Cardinals (64-53) will close out a three-game National League series on Thursday night at Busch Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15 ET
Arizona Diamondbacks at St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona has lost four of its last five games, which has dropped last year’s NL West champions 6.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the divisional race. “That’s definitely frustrating,” commented Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson about the situation. The Diamondbacks offense has been virtually silenced over the last 11 games, batting .215 and being held to two or fewer runs in five contests over that stretch. Arizona is 4-10 as a road underdog of +125 to +150, with the “under” going 7-5 in that situation.
Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.85 ERA) has watched the club drop his last two efforts, allowing seven runs and 12 hits over 13 innings in that span. The right-hander has done his best work away from Chase Field this year, posting a 5-4 record and 2.88 ERA in 12 outings, with opposing hitters batting .217 against him. Cahill didn’t factor into the decision of a 3-2 road win over the Cardinals in his only career start against them on June 20, 2010 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.
St. Louis has evened its position with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central and Wild Card race, as the club is engaged in the MLB playoff race at this point. “We can’t help but watch,” commented Cardinals first-year skipper Mike Matheny. The Cardinals have a great chance of continuing their recent run, as they’ve won seven straight games against the Diamondbacks dating back to the 2011 campaign. St. Louis is 11-9 as a home favorite of -125 to -150 this season.
Cardinals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse (12-2, 2.72 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 3-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in his last effort, giving up just a single run and four hits over seven strong innings. The right-hander is 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 11 home outings, issuing 16 walks and striking out 47 batters in 75 frames. In nine career outings versus the Diamondbacks, Lohse has garnered a 3-2 record and 5.03 ERA, including a 7-2 win in the desert on May 9.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 11-6 when the Diamondbacks are on the road with a total of 8 to 8.5
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