Series Preview 5/20-22: Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals

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The Cardinals met the Diamondbacks out in the desert in late April. Now, a month later, the Diamondbacks are meeting the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, where the two clubs will play three games over the weekend.

In the first game of the series, Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals. Martinez went five innings in his last outing at Chavez Ravine against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Martinez needed just 45 pitches to get through the first four innings of the game; it took 40 pitches for him to complete the fifth, therefore ending his night. Opposing Martinez for the Diamondbacks will be Patrick Corbin. Corbin surrendered three earned runs his last time out against the Giants and whiffed four batters.

Mike Leake will start for St. Louis in middle game of the three-game series. Leake tossed six frames against the Dodgers in his last appearance and held them to one earned run on five hits and two walks. The D-backs will counter with Robbie Ray, who held the Yankees to two runs on six hits through seven innings in his last start. Ray has struck out 47 batters this season, a total that is the second highest on Arizona’s pitching staff.

The Cardinals will call upon Jaime Garcia in the series finale. Garcia pitched against the Rockies in his last start and surrendered three earned runs on four walks and five hits through five frames. Arizona will pencil in Zack Greinke. Greinke has shown great improvement from the uncharacteristic 5.50 earned run average attached to his name for the month of April. Greinke faced the Yankees in his most recent outing and lasted seven innings; he allowed three earned runs on five hits and, for the first time since April 25, Greinke did not walk a batter in the outing.

Who’s hot?

ARI: Jean Segura, second baseman. Segura is 9-for-31 in his last seven games with five runs driven in.

STL: Matt Holliday, left fielder. Holliday has nine hits in his last 35 at-bats with two homers and 5 RBIs.

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