Arizona Diamondbacks vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds
Busch Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
The Cardinals will turn to Kyle Lohse and his 12-2 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Diamondbacks send Trevor Cahill (9-10) to the hill.
The Cardinals were listed as -155 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8 earlier on Monday.
This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 6 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Diamondbacks, who rate a National League No. 9 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Louis has the National League's No. 1-rated offensive output, at 9.5 hits per game. The Diamondbacks average 8.7 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the National League list.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Diamondbacks own the National League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.
The Diamondbacks were a 5-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -177 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Diamondbacks were saddled with a loss last time out in Joe Saunders' start, as they lost 5-2 against St. Louis on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
Arizona Diamondbacks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing St. Louis are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Arizona are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
A few Diamondbacks at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Arizona's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Arizona's last 12 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Arizona
St. Louis is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Arizona
St. Louis is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
Arizona at Houston, Friday, August 17
St. Louis home to Pittsburgh, Friday, August 17