Baseball fans can watch the team with the best record in the Major Leagues, the St. Louis Cardinals, live online as they face the Arizona Diamondbacks — winners of four straight — as the Cards attempt to fight off a challenge to their divisional lead from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have cut the St. Louis lead in half over the last two weeks.
The Cardinals led the National League Central by seven games on August 12. But since the the Cardinals have gone 5-5 while Pittsburgh has won nine of 11 to slash the Cardinals lead to just 3 and a half as St. Louis heads into Chase Field against a suddenly hot Arizona team staging a late challenge of its own in the NL West.
To find out how to watch the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks live online, see the streaming info in the final paragraph of this article. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Monday, August 24, which is the same as Pacific Daylight Time, and 10:10 p.m. Eastern.
The Cardinals pitching staff has been nothing short of phenomenal this season, with a stunning team ERA of 2.68. So even their Number Four starter, 28-year-old veteran Lance Lynn, brings an sparkling 2.94 ERA to the mound.
Lynn faced Arizona in May, in St.Louis, allowing two earned runs over 6 and two-thirds innings, walking four on his way to a no-decision. The Cardinals swept that three-game set, but may face a more difficult task facing the resurgent Diamondbacks on the road in a four-game tilt.
Pushing over.500 for the first time since April 22, the Diamondbacks find themselves with something to play for since that time, as well, now trailing the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers by just five games with 39 remaining.
Arizona, coming off their four-game whitewash of the Cincinnati Reds, send 23-year-old Robbie Ray to the hill on Monday. Technically still a rookie, Ray is in his second big league season, but already looks like a journeyman.
Drafted in the 12th round in 2010 out of Brentwood High School (Tennessee) by the Washington Nationals, Ray was traded to the Detroit Tigers in December of 2013. One year later, the Tigers packaged Ray as part of a three-team trade that landed him in Arizona.
Ray takes a 3.38 ERA that seems better than his 3-9 record into Monday’s game.
To watch the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Monday late game live online, use the streaming link provided by WatchESPN.com, or download the WatchESPN app to watch on mobile devices.
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