Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals are -150 favorites over the Arizona Diamondbacks.Â The over/under run total is set at 8.5 runs.
The 4-6 St. Louis Cardinals jumped on the 4-5 Arizona Diamondbacks with three runs in the fourth inning on Monday to blow open a one-run ball game. St. Louis tries to follow up a fantastic road opener by pouncing on the Diamondbacks from the get-go in Game Two as well. Heading into Monday the Cardinals had scored the least number of runs this season in the National League, but in Game One St. Louis let their hair down for one inning and with another marvelous pitching performance was able to hold on 8-2.
Looking to continue the mastery of Arizona is Cardinal ace Christ Carpenter who has yet to win a game this season through two strong outings against the 5-5 Pittsburgh Pirates and 4-4 San Diego Padres. Carpenter allowed three earned runs in 13 innings while Diamondback Armando Galarraga beat the 5-5 Chicago Cubs despite allowing four earned runs in seven innings on just five hits.
St. Louis hasn’t exactly done too well with putting the bat on the ball this year, but in the fourth inning on Monday Cardinal batters made it look easy. Skip Shumaker doubled, Kyle McClellan singled and Ryan Theriot singled in a run. For McClellan it was his second RBI of the night as he doubled in a run in the third. Melvin Mora singled in Arizona’s first run during the bottom-half of the fourth inning, but Diamondback pitcher Barry Enright hit into a double play to end the threat. To boil frustration over, Enright hit Matt Holiday in the top of the fifth but to his creditÂ didn’t allow any damage to be done inÂ that inning or the next, which would be his last. Lance Berkman belted one beyond the fences in the seventh inning to give St. Louis a four-run lead once again, but Stephen Drew’s ground out in the bottom of the inning cut the lead back to three. If the Cardinals didn’t feel safe enough with a three-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitter Jon Jay doubled their lead with a two-out three-run home-run.
I believe game one could be the sign of things to come in this series. I’m taking Carpenter to pick up his first win as Arizona is slowly rounding into how they looked last year which was awful.
St. Louis Cardinals -150 Arizona Diamondbacks