Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. St. Louis Cardinals (4/29/22) Starting Lineup, Betting Odds, Prediction

The Arizona Diamondbacks are 8-11 in their first 19 games of the 2022 season, fifth in the National League West.  An extreme long shot, Arizona is +50000 to win their second World Series title in franchise history, they won their only championship in 2001 over the New York Yankees in seven games.  The Cardinals are led by rookie skipper Oliver Marmol and are +3000 to win the championship this year; they last won the World Series in 2011.  They started the season -130 to make the playoffs this season.  The Cardinals have won 10 of their first 17 games to begin the 2022 campaign. 

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Odds

The Diamondbacks are 4-9 in their last 13 during game two of a series.  Over is 8-3 in Arizona’s last 11 Friday games.  The Diamondbacks are 5-22 in their last 27 Friday games.  Over is 7-2 in Arizona’s last nine during game two of a series.  St. Louis won six out of seven games over Arizona last season.  The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last four Friday games.  St. Louis is 5-2 in their last seven during game two of a series.  The Cardinals have an all-time record of 98-61 against the Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks Starting Lineup

CF Daulton Varsho L
2B Ketel Marte S
LF David Peralta L
1B Christian Walker R
RF Pavin Smith L
DH Seth Beer L
C Carson Kelly R
SS Nick Ahmed R
3B Sergio Alcantara S

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. Adam Wainwright (R)

Seth Beer who serves mostly as the designated hitter for the Diamondbacks leads the club in batting average (.306) and OPS (.842).  He has three doubles, one home run, eight runs batted in with 21 total bases and a .429 slugging percentage in 2022.  Christian Walker is tied for the team lead in home runs with four.  The first baseman has two doubles, seven runs batted in, 24 total bases and an OPS of .607.  Against right-handed pitching, Walker has a .253 batting average, 43 home runs and 153 runs driven in during his eight-year career.  Second baseman Ketel Marte has five doubles, five runs batted in and 15 total bases this season.  The one-time All-Star has a career batting average of .283 against right-handed pitching with 156 doubles, 30 triples, 70 home runs, 291 runs batted in with an OPS of .792.

Center fielder Dalton Varsho is tied for the team lead in home runs with four and leads the Diamondbacks in runs batted in with nine in 2022.  He has 24 total bases, .393 slugging percentage and an OPS of .685.  David Peralta has two home runs, driven in five runs, scored three runs with an OPS of .717 this season.  Against righties, Peralta has a lifetime batting average of .298 with 84 home runs and 342 runs driven in.

Adam Wainwright is 2-2 in four starts this season with an ERA of 3.86.  He’s allowed 26 hits and allowed nine earned runs in 21 innings this season.  Wainwright has struck out 22 batters and has a 1.571 WHIP.  In 18 games (15 starts) against the Diamondbacks in his career he’s 11-5 with an ERA of 3.28, 85 strikeouts in 93 1/3 innings. 

St. Louis Cardinals Starting Lineup

RF Daniel Carlson S
1B Paul Goldschmidt R
LF Tyler O’Neill R
3B Nolan Arenado R – Possible Suspension
DH Corey Dickerson L
SS Paul DeJong R
CF Harrison Bader R
C Yadier Molina R
2B Tommy Edman S

St. Louis Cardinals Vs. Madison Bumgarner (L)

Albert Pujols back with the Cardinals in his final season at age 42, is hitting .259 in 26 at-bats with two home runs and four runs batted in.  The two-time World Series champion with St. Louis is a career .297 hitter with 681 home runs and 2,154 runs batted in.  Paul Goldschmidt a lifetime hitter of .293 with 280 home runs, has started the 2022 season with a .269 batting average while knocking in six runs. 

Third baseman Nolan Arenado is second in the National League in hitting with a .375 batting average, tied for third in home runs with five and second in runs batted in with 17.  He’s tied for third in Major League Baseball with a .703 slugging percentage in 2022.  Nolan Arenado is +1600 to win his first National League MVP award.  Second baseman Tommy Edman is hitting .310 in 58 at-bats this season.  He’s second on the club in home runs with three and third on the Cardinals in runs batted in with nine.  Additionally, he has 31 total bases with an OPS of .946 in 2022. 

Tyler O’Neill has a home run, 10 runs batted in (second on the team) with a .547 OPS.  Harrison Bader has 12 hits in his first 53 at-bats this year.  Additionally, he’s scored seven runs, four doubles, and driven in two runs in 2022.
Madison Bumgarner is 0-1 in four starts this season with an ERA of 1.00 and a 1.222 WHIP.  He’s struck out 13 batters in 18 innings while allowing two runs in 2022.  Bumgarner has a lifetime record of 4-6 against St. Louis with an ERA of 5.50 in 13 career starts.  In 73 2/3 innings he has allowed 45 runs and struck out 66 batters.

Arizona Diamondbacks Vs. St. Louis Cardinals Picks & Prediction

Offensively, the Diamondbacks are averaging 3.04 runs per nine innings, 30th in the majors.  They are 30th in batting average at .182 with a team OPS of .588, 29th in the big leagues.  Arizona’s pitching staff is allowing 4.16 runs per nine innings, 16th in Major League Baseball.  St. Louis is scoring 4.35 runs per game, 13th in the majors.  The Cardinals are hitting .237 as a team, 15th in MLB with an OPS of .677 which is 16th in the big leagues.  St. Louis’s pitching staff is allowing 3.26 runs per nine innings, fifth in the majors.  In this matchup, I’m going with the Cardinals to win by more than 1.5 runs and for the teams to combine for under seven runs. 

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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