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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Preview & Free Pick

Diamondbacks vs Cardinals MLB Betting Preview

Both the Rangers and Yankees have big cushions in their respective divisions and this match up may be a preview of a playoff series. The Yankees have a 5 game lead over the Rays in the AL East and the Rangers have a 6.5 game lead over the A’s.

Venue/ Stadium: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Time/Date: 8:15 PM EST Thursday, August 16, 2012
MLB Odds From: Bovada
Moneyline: D-Backs +135 / Cardinals -145
Over/Under:  9 runs

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks RH Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.85 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Kyle Lohse (12-2, 2.72 ERA)

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview

After their hot play after the All Star break the D-Backs got back in the playoff race, but they are falling out again after losing 2 straight and 7 of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have won 2 in a row and 6 of their last 10 and they are 7 games back in the NL Central and are in 3-way tie for first place in the Wild Card race. MLB odds have the Cardinals as home favorites with a run total of 9.

In yesterday’s game the Cardinals beat the D-Backs 5-2.

This season the D-Backs have an O/U record of 56-56 with a run-line W/L record of 63-54 and the Cardinals have an O/U record of 54-59 with a run-line W/L record of 55-62.

The Cardinals have won 7 straight over the D-Backs.

On the season the Cardinals are 36-23 at home and the D-Backs are 27-33 on the road.

Trevor Cahill (9-10, 3.85 ERA) goes for the D-Backs tonight and he gave up 4 earned runs in 6 innings in his last outing in a loss to the Nationals. Kyle Lohse
(12-2, 2.72 ERA) is on the hill for the Cardinals and he gave up 1 earned run in 7 innings in his last start in a no decision facing the Phillies.

Bovada

Lohse is 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 11 home starts this season and he’s given up 2 or fewer runs in 5 straight starts there.

Cahill is 5-4 with a 2.88 ERA on the road this season and his only appearance facing the Cardinals was back in 2010 when he was with the Oakland A’s.

The D-Backs have a legit offense ranking 12th in the Majors in runs and 11th in team batting average, but they have lost 8 of their last 11 and in that span they are only hitting .215 as a team.

Cahill may have to pitch well tonight facing a Cardinals’ offense that ranks 4th in the Majors in runs and has the best team batting average.

In some betting trends in this NL match up the D-Backs are 2-6 in their last 8 road games, 1-4 in Cahill’s last 5 starts as an underdog, and they have an Over record of 7-1 in their last 8 games.

The Cardinals are 19-7 in their last 26 home games, 5-0 in Lohse’s last 5 home starts, and they have an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite.

Jason’s Pick: Lohse will have another strong start at home tonight and the Cardinals will win their 3rd straight.

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