MLB Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Saturday July 29, 2017

Major League Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, MO
  • Date & Time: Saturday July 29, 2017; 6:15pm CT
  • Point Spread: Arizona Diamondbacks -135
  • Total: 8
  • Quick Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks -135

Out of the National League; the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals will play in the third game of a four game series at Busch Stadium. The Arizona Diamondbacks won the opening game of the series, which pushed them to 59-43 on the season. The Diamondbacks are second in the National League West, and lead the National League Wildcard.

The St. Louis Cardinals with the loss on Thursday dropped to 50-52 on the season. The Cardinals started Friday night’s affair 4.5 games out of first place in the National League Central. The Arizona Diamondbacks are favorites in this game. The Diamondbacks are -135 over the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis Under .500

The St. Louis Cardinals are still under .500 on the season. The Cardinals have been under .500 for most of the 2017 season. At home, St. Louis started Friday night’s action with a 29-25 record. St. Louis has outscored opponents in the first 102 games by 28 runs.

The Cardinals are batting .257 as a team, which is just inside the upper half of baseball. The top batting average for St. Louis is Jedd Gyorko, with a .280. Gyorko also has belted 14 homeruns, and drove in 52 runs. The pitching for St. Louis has moved to 5th with a 3.85 earned run average. The Cardinals starting pitching has picked up 56 quality starts in 2017.

Arizona Making Summer Push

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been winning games, and winning them big. The Diamondbacks have the second best run differential in the National League, at +120. The Diamondbacks are really good at home, with 36 wins in 54 games, but struggled on the road with just 23 games.

The Diamondbacks brought J.D. Martinez over from Detroit, and he led the team with a grand slam for the win on Thursday night. Arizona is led by Jake Lamb, with 23 bombs and 80 runs batted in. Paul Goldschmidt is the top hitter for Arizona, as he leads the team with a .317 batting average, as the team is hitting .259.

Good Pitching Battle

Zack Greinke throws for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The veteran has been fantastic yet again this season, with 12 wins. Greinke has a 2.92 earned run average on the season, with a 1.02 WHIP. Greinke has struck out 140 batters this season, with more than 129 innings thrown.

Mike Leake will throw for the St. Louis Cardinals. Leake is seeking to get back to .500 on the season. Leake is 7-8 with a 3.20 earned run average. Leake has thrown 123.2 innings this season, and struck out 83 batters. In a well pitched game, Greinke gets the job done. Bet the Arizona Diamondbacks -135 over the St. Louis Cardinals.