Diamondbacks vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/17/23

St. Louis Cardinals (7-9) vs Arizona Diamondbacks (9-7)

Game Info: Monday, April 17, 2023 at 7:45 pm (Busch Stadium)

Jack Flaherty (1-1) (1.76) vs Merrill Kelly (0-2) (2.93)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -155 / Arizona Diamondbacks +130 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals will start a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks this Monday from Busch Stadium. St. Louis won five of seven meetings in 2022.

Diamondbacks Betting Preview 

Arizona enters at 9-7 after defeating Miami. The Diamondbacks avoided the sweep by silencing the streaking Marlins with a shutout victory, 5-0. The Arizona offense is scoring 4.13 runs per game, while batting .255, with a .302 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.64 ERA, with a 1.42 WHIP. Geraldo Perdomo has multiple hits in three of his last six appearances, and he leads the DBacks in hitting (.409). Josh Rojas has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he’s second in average at .356. 

Merrill Kelly (0-2, 2.93 ERA, 21 Ks) will get the start for Arizona. The fifth-year pitcher performed well versus Milwaukee despite taking the losing decision. Kelly struck out seven in six innings of work, while allowing just three runs. 

Cardinals Betting Preview

St. Louis moved to 7-9 after defeating Pittsburgh. The Cardinals used extra innings to beat the Pirates by one, 5-4. The St. Louis offense is scoring 3.93 runs per game, while batting .272, with a .345 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.53 ERA, with a 1.52 WHIP. Nolan Arenado has multiple hits in two of the last three games versus Pittsburgh, and he leads STL in batting average (.333) and RBI (13). Nolan Gorman is tied with him for the team lead in RBI after producing one in six of the last seven contests. Paul Goldschmidt has recorded a hit in eight of the last nine games, he’s second on the team in hitting at .327. 

Jack Flaherty (1-1, 1.76 ERA, 13 Ks) will start for St. Louis. The seventh-year pitcher put together his best start since his return at Coors versus the Rockies , striking out six in 5 ⅓ innings of work, while allowing just one run.

Arizona vs St. Louis Trends

Arizona is 11-5 against the spread this season, with a 8-8 over/under record. St. Louis is 6-10 ATS this year, with a 7-8-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

St. Louis had to claw their way through a weekend with Pittsburgh, and their set with Arizona has a chance to treat them kinder. The Cardinals have found success at the plate, and Jack Flaherty has a good chance to build on his latest outing by containing the sporadic production from the DBacks here. Back St. Louis in game one versus Arizona.

Corey’s Pick Cardinals -1.5

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