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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick & Prediction AUGUST 21st 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: Bally Sports Network
Logo St. Louis Cardinals
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Logo Arizona Diamondbacks
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OPENNER
7.5

-1.5 +135
CURRENT
7.5o -120

-125
MONEYLINE
+105

6
SCORE
4

Albert Pujols no longer looks like a 42-year-old playing out the string toward retirement.

Pujols is one of the hottest hitters in the majors this month, and he will look to do more damage when the St. Louis Cardinals face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in Phoenix.

Pujols went 4-for-4 with two homers in the Cardinals' 16-7 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday. That raised his total to 692 homers, four behind fourth-place Alex Rodriguez on the all-time list.

He also moved into second all-time in career total bases with 6,143, passing St. Louis legend Stan Musial (6,134). Hank Aaron is the leader with 6,856.

Perhaps more stunningly than the career achievements is that Pujols has been hotter than lava this month. He is batting .452 (14-for-31) with six homers and 13 RBIs.

"That's the hard work I put in day in and day out," Pujols said. "Nothing surprises me."

Pujols' homers off Arizona's Madison Bumgarner traveled 429 and 437 feet. He also lined a rocket single that hit off the base of the wall in left.

There was heavy cheering in the opponents' home stadium for all of Pujols' exploits on Saturday night. And Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was more than fine with that.

"I think all the baseball fans that are here watching Albert Pujols understand that they're watching somebody who's pretty special, who's done it at a very high level for a very long time," Lovullo said afterward. "And he's just so professional and just such a good human being that I think the fans appreciate that."

National League MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt is impressed by the way Pujols is playing.

"It's amazing," Goldschmidt said. "I'm so happy for him personally and for our team. He's a great leader. He's doing something we might not ever see again."

Goldschmidt went 3-for-6 with a homer and four RBIs on Saturday. The blast was his second of the series and sixth in 18 career games against the Diamondbacks, his former club.

Goldschmidt has 31 homers and 100 RBIs. It is the fourth time that the seven-time All-Star has reached the century mark in RBIs.

The Cardinals enter the finale with six straight wins and 17 of their past 21.

Red-hot Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly (10-5, 2.81 ERA) will try to slow the St. Louis offense on Sunday.

Kelly is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA over his past nine starts. He hasn't allowed a run in three of the outings, including Tuesday when he gave up four hits in seven innings in a no-decision against the San Francisco Giants.

Kelly, 33, defeated St. Louis on April 30 when he gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings. He is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals.

Kelly has shut down Goldschmidt (0-for-6) but has served up homers to Nolan Arenado (3-for-7), Pujols (1-for-3) and Tyler O'Neill (2-for-8).

The Diamondbacks had won eight of 12 games before losing the first two games of this series by a combined 21-8.

Arizona pitching has served up 12 extra-base hits -- including five homers -- in the first two games. The Diamondbacks have allowed 30 hits while producing just 12.

Left-hander Jose Quintana (4-5, 4.38) will be making his fourth start for the Cardinals. He is 1-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 33-year-old Quintana received a no-decision on Tuesday when he gave up two runs and four hits over five innings.

Quintana is 0-2 with an 8.57 ERA in four career starts against Arizona.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will miss his second straight game after being placed on the restricted list Saturday for "business matters."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
St. Louis Cardinals
6
5
Arizona Diamondbacks

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Recap MAY 30TH 2021

The Arizona Diamondbacks' five-run rally in the sixth inning punctuated the end of their 13-game losing streak in a 9-2 win Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals at Phoenix.

Arizona's losing streak was one game shy of the franchise record in 2004 and it was the longest in the major leagues since the Minnesota Twins lost 13 consecutive games in 2016.

Arizona batted through the order in the sixth, tallying five runs on four hits and two St. Louis errors.

Carson Kelly forced in Pavin Smith, who earlier singled, with the first run of the rally on a bases-loaded walk issued by Tyler Webb.

Starter Kwang Hyun Kim (1-3) was relieved by Webb at the start of the inning after allowing four runs on nine hits through the first five innings.

Consecutive RBI singles by Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker increased the lead to 7-2 and forced the Cardinals to replace Webb with Jake Woodford with one out.

Josh Reddick greeted Woodford with another RBI single and Escobar then scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Nick Ahmed to increase the lead to 9-2.

Matt Peacock, scratched from his last scheduled start Thursday after becoming ill (non-COVID related), pitched six innings for the win. Peacock (2-1) scattered six hits and two runs while striking out six with no walks.

St. Louis, which won three of the four games in the series, took a 2-0 lead against Peacock after scoring a run in the first inning on Dylan Carlson's home run and another in the second inning on an RBI double by Andrew Knizner.

The Diamondbacks responded with a run in the bottom of the second on Tim Locastro's RBI single that scored Ahmed, who tripled before him with two outs.

Ketel Marte's 457-foot home run to center field in the third inning tied the game at 2.

His two-run single with two outs in the fourth inning put Arizona ahead 4-2. Peacock, who reached on a fielder's choice, and Reddick, who doubled to start the inning, scored the go-ahead runs on Marte's hit.

Marte went 2 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs and Reddick was 3 for 5 with a run and RBI.

--Field Level Media

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