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Picks of the Day for MLB: August 21

By Adam Ortega

Cardinals -155 vs. Diamondbacks:

Out to the desert, we go for a Sunday afternoon tilt between the Cardinals and the Diamondbacks. Two teams on seemingly two different paths are looking to solidify a win for two different reasons. The Cardinals are a team looking to put themselves in the best position to have a successful playoff run. The Diamondbacks are looking for any sign of hope that their baseball team is heading in the right direction. 

On the mound for the Diamondbacks is Merrill Kelly (10-5, 2.81 ERA, 1.12 WHIP), who has found success for his team when he is locked in. Kelly's fastball and changeup are the two pitches he leans on heavily game in and out. Kelly must be on alert from the get-go, especially when he comes up on Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Albert Pujols of the Cardinals. Those three names have done heavy damage to opposing pitchers. If Kelly wants to win, he must pitch a great game and receive run support from the Diamondbacks. 

The Cardinals have goals that are very different from the Diamondbacks. They have quietly positioned themselves in first place in the NL Central division ahead of the Brewers. To maintain this division lead, they must be able to put away teams like the Diamondbacks. To do so, Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.38 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) will attempt to bring his season record to the .500 mark. In doing so, Quintana will utilize his fastball and cutter to stifle opposing batters. Daulton Varsho is typically a leadoff bat for the Diamondbacks that can put pitchers in challenging situations. Although Quintana may face a few batters that will give him trouble, the Diamondbacks aren't a team that pitchers worry about. 

Ultimately, the hitting of the Cardinals should do enough to earn them an excellent team win. For Jose Quintana, he shouldn't have too much trouble finding his rhythm on the mound and shutting down the Diamondbacks. Take the Cardinals to win this game on the money line. I appreciate your support! Have a great week ahead.

PICK: Cardinals -155 (DraftKings Sportsbook)

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