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Series Preview: Is a Diamondbacks Victory in the Cards?

By Matthew Rzodkiewicz
Aug 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pitching Matchups:

Monday: Jaime Garcia (1-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (1-2, 5.25 ERA)

Tuesday: Carlos Martinez (3-0, 2.70 ERA) vs. Shelby Miller (0-1, 8.59 ERA)

Wednesday: Adam Wainwright (0-3, 7.25 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (1-2, 3.51 ERA)

Thursday: Michael Wacha (2-0, 2.82 ERA) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (2-3, 5.94 ERA)

The Cardinals’ rotation is very impressive. It’s not as eye-popping as the Giants—mainly due to less name recognition—but St. Louis has a group of guys that get the job done. When any of them are on, they can be among the best in the game. That being said, former stud Adam Wainwright hasn’t fared well against Welington Castillo and Jean Segura—two key pieces of Arizona’s offense—in the past five years. The duo hold a whopping .350 and .421 batting average respectively against Wainwright.

Greinke has shown signs of finally coming into his own. In his last outing against a potent San Francisco offense, he struck out seven in 6.2 innings, allowing only one run. The stats are on his side in this series, too, as he has held Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, and Jedd Gyorko to a .231, .200, and .077 batting average respectively over the past five years.

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