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#4909 St. Louis Cardinals vs.
#4910 Arizona Diamondbacks
Friday, August 19, 2022 at 9:40pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

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St. Louis will be looking to extend its four-game winning streak when it travels to Arizona on Friday night for a series opener. The Cardinals swept the Rockies earlier this week, including a 13-0 shutout on Thursday afternoon. Arizona picked up a series split against San Francisco with a win on Thursday.

Cardinals continue stretching NL Central lead

St. Louis lost three of its first four games after returning from the All-Star break, falling to just four games above the .500 mark. The Cardinals have been in excellent form since then, winning 15 of their last 19 games. They took two out of three in a series against Milwaukee at home last weekend before wrapping up the six-game homestand with a sweep against Colorado. St. Louis put an exclamation mark on the series with a 13-0 blowout on Thursday, as Albert Pujols hit a grand slam for his 690th career home run. The Cardinals have continued to stretch their lead in the National League Central, putting 3.5 games between themselves and Milwaukee atop the standings.

They have been a great offensive team this season, ranked sixth in the MLB in team batting average. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who is considered the favorite to win the NL MVP, leads the way with 139 hits. He has 29 home runs and has driven in 94 runs, while third baseman Nolan Arenado is batting .293 with 25 homers. They will be facing an Arizona pitching staff that is No. 21 with an ERA of 4.09. Right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas is going to be on the mound for St. Louis on Friday night. He allowed two runs on four hits across eight strong innings against Milwaukee on Sunday. Mikolas had allowed 10 runs in 2.2 innings against Colorado in his previous outing, so it was a much-needed bounce-back performance. He has six quality starts in his last eight tries, and he brings a solid 3.44 ERA into this outing.

Diamondbacks earn series split with Giants

Arizona was sitting 12 games below the .500 mark heading into the All-Star break, so no one would have been surprised if that signaled the beginning of a quick downslide. However, the Diamondbacks have been able to avoid that fate so far, playing above .500 baseball in the past month. They won seven games in a 10-game stretch against Colorado and Pittsburgh before splitting their four-game series against San Francisco earlier this week. Arizona lost the first two games of the series, but it was able to pick up victories on Wednesday and Thursday. The Diamondbacks are in fourth place in the NL West and are 10 games back of the final NL Wild Card spot.

They rank No. 26 in the MLB offensively, hitting at a .229 clip. Second baseman Ketel Marte leads the way with 96 hits, while right fielder Daulton Varsho has 91 base knocks. They will be facing a St. Louis pitching staff that is No. 13 with an ERA of 3.84. Left-handed pitcher Tommy Henry is going to start for Arizona on Friday. He picked up a win against Colorado on Sunday, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts across 5.1 innings. Henry retired 10 straight batters at one point before allowing all three of his runs in the sixth. The 25-year-old has posted consecutive wins and has a 4.15 ERA across 17.1 innings this season after making his big-league debut less than three weeks ago.

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This is a much cheaper price than I was expecting to get on St. Louis, especially considering the team’s performance on Thursday afternoon. The Cardinals were dominant in their win over the Rockies, shutting out one of the league’s best offenses in a 13-0 blowout. They have been one of the hottest teams in the MLB since the All-Star break, and their starting pitcher has thrown quality starts in six of his last eight outings. Mikolas should have more success against an Arizona offense that ranks No. 26 in the majors in batting average. Henry is an unproven starter, which gives me even more confidence in taking the Cardinals to win this game.

Prediction: St. Louis -155

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Arizona has been going under the total throughout the season, cashing at a 61-51-5 clip overall. The Diamondbacks do not have a strong lineup, which is one of the primary reasons for their low-scoring contests. They are not expected to have much success at the plate on Friday night against Mikolas, who is coming off eight strong innings in his last start. He has six quality starts in his last eight appearances—I would be shocked if he doesn’t post another one on Friday. Henry is coming off the best start of his career and has shown some positive signs during his young career.

Prediction: Under 8.5
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Written By Blake Von Hagen , "Blake V."

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Blake is also an avid sports being expert and you would not be disappointed in following him on a daily basis. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
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