Cards open home series against D-Backs

National League division leaders will clash on the diamond in St. Louis on Monday night as the Central-leading Cardinals open up a four-game MLB betting series against West-leading Arizona.

The Cardinals are expected to hand the ball to Lance Lynn for Monday's contest, with the righthander 7-1 on the season with a 2.91 ERA over his 11 starts. Lynn held the Royals to two runs on eight hits in seven innings in a no-decision last time out.

Trevor Cahill, with a record of 3-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Diamondbacks.

View Arizona vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Diamondbacks were listed as +-165 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 7.5 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 1-rated Cardinals and the league No. 3-ranked Diamondbacks, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis' National League No. 2-ranked scoring average of 4.8 runs per game, against a Diamondbacks offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 9 hits per game to date this season, less than the Diamondbacks hitters have managed (9.1 per nine innings).

Defensively, Arizona features the National League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 in the National League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.

Last time out for Arizona, they were an 8-4 winner as they battled the Cubs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Diamondbacks at -128 were rewarded, while the 12 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Diamondbacks enjoyed an 8-4 victory at the expense of the Cubs on Sunday, with Patrick Corbin throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at Wrigley Field.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 4-2 loser as they battled the Giants at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Giants at +145 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cardinals endured a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Giants on Sunday, with Tyler Lyons throwing 6 1/3 innings of 8-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

Arizona Diamondbacks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Arizona are 7-3
After playing San Francisco are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

A few Diamondbacks at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Arizona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Arizona's last 13 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Arizona
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
St. Louis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Arizona

Next up:
Arizona at St. Louis, Tuesday, June 4