Arizona @ ST. LOUIS
Arizona +190 over ST. LOUIS

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Posted at 11:15 AM EST. 

Arizona +190 over ST. LOUIS

1:15 PM EST. Arizona is the best cure for what ails teams but the Cardinals should not be better than a 2-1 favorite even if the game was final. This is a team with a combined batting average of .218 and a combined OBP of .295 since May 12, both of which rank dead last in the majors.

Kwang-Hyun Kim (LHP - STL) has fanned just 5.2 batters per nine on a dwindling swing and miss rate over the last month. If you're playing fantasy, Kim should only be considered for a bottom-feeding opponent like, say, the road-Diamondbacks. As bad as the D-Backs are, they still rank 9th in the majors in OPS against southpaws.

Riley Smith (RHP - ARI) presents an interesting case of little fanfare, injuries dimming the stock, and sticking through it to make it to the majors. When he was taken out of LSU in the 24th round of 2016, Smith had some promising secondaries and a diminished fastball due to injury. Now finally healthy, Smith has performed well as a fastball, slider, change-up guy. Everything is around average in the profile but Smith's ability to control it is above-average, leading to elite control rates. He's struggled some since he's reached the high minors but it is important to note that he dominated and was an All-Star last year for Double-A Jackson, in between his Cal League and PCL performances in bad parks in bad leagues. Point being, Smith isn't as below average as the stats say and as such, Arizona protected him in the Rule 5 draft this offseason. Smith has stayed healthy since he was drafted, which further helps bump the profile. He certainly has his feet wet with 58 innings pitched that included five starts and it would surprise us not to start seeing him trend upwards.


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Our Pick

Arizona +190 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.80)

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