St. Louis (M Wacha) (@1.9) vs Arizona (M Kelly) (@1.9)

Our Prediction:

Arizona (M Kelly) will win

St. Louis (M Wacha) – Arizona (M Kelly) Match Prediction | 26-09-2019 15:40

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It was a welcome bounceback after Wacha got blown up for six earned by the Dodgers in his last start on August 5, but the right-hander still sports an unimpressive 5.44 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 75:44 K:BB across 94.1 innings on the season. Wacha pitched well, but he still got tagged with his sixth loss of the season, as he was outdueled thanks to a brilliant effort from the Reds' Sonny Gray.

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Wacha was the second pitcher in Monday, following starter Daniel Ponce de Leon's own three-inning stint on the mound. Wacha had wrapped up June with back-to-back quality starts, but a July 4 turn against the Mariners that saw him allow four earned runs over 3.1 innings presumably played a role in his return to the bullpen for the time being. The right-hander mostly held down the fort while firing 45 pitches overall, and he's now generated a pair of solid outings since returning to a relief role following resumption of play after the All-Star break.

There's been no official announcement on Wacha from manager Mike Shildt, but he isn't listed as one of the Cardinals' probable starters for the upcoming week. Daniel Ponce de Leon filled in after Adam Wainwright (back) was scratched from Friday's start and will remain in the starting rotation after allowing one run over 6.2 frames in the spot start.

Louis has been one of the hotter teams in the majors for quite some time, and the Cardinals need to keep winning games if they want to lock up the division. The home dog is tempting, but this is a solid price on the Cardinals given how theyve played over the last couple of months, so Ill lay the juice with the Cardinals for the series win here. The plus money is definitely worth a look as Kelly is sitting on back-to-back seven inning shutouts, and these two teams did play a marathon last night so the quick turnaround usually favors the home team. However, St.

Wacha was utilized as a bullpen-day opener in his last turn, firing two scoreless innings against the Giants last Wednesday while pitching on short rest. Wacha has been slightly better as a starter than reliever in what's been a rough season, generating a 4.89 ERA across 99.1 innings, compared to a 5.68 figure over 12.2 frames out of the bullpen. However, he'll be back to serving as a conventional starter moving forward and will take the hill against Colorado with the benefit of a full five days off.

Crawford and Tim Beckham in this contest to bring his total up to 18 on the season. It's been an erratic first half for Wacha, as he'll take a 5.54 ERA through 76.1 innings into the All-Star break after posting a 3.20 mark over 84.1 innings in his injury-shortened campaign last season. The right-hander continues to struggle with the long ball, as he gave up homers to J.P.


The 28-year-old right-hander may find himself in the bullpen for the remainder of the season unless injuries or performance issues in the starting rotation warrant him getting another opportunity to open games. It was Wacha's third consecutive impressive multi-inning relief effort, as he'd allowed just one earned run over a combined 4.2 frames in his previous two trips to the mound. Wacha consumed some valuable innings for manager Mike Shildt after Daniel Ponce de Leon was unable to get out of the third.

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