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Godley aims to establish consistency in opener

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Zack Godley found himself on the wrong end of a hard-luck loss the last time he faced the Cardinals, and is hoping the odds flip this time around.

Godley held the Cardinals to two hits and three runs when the two teams met in Arizona on June 28, but the D-backs came away with a 4-3 loss. SInce that start, Godley went through a bit of a rocky month in July and surrendered 11 runs in 17 1/3 innings as his ERA crept up to 3.32 on the year. He is 19 2/3 innings shy of qualifying for the National League ERA title, but would own the 10th-best ERA in the league if he met the inning minimum.

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Zack Godley found himself on the wrong end of a hard-luck loss the last time he faced the Cardinals, and is hoping the odds flip this time around.

Godley held the Cardinals to two hits and three runs when the two teams met in Arizona on June 28, but the D-backs came away with a 4-3 loss. SInce that start, Godley went through a bit of a rocky month in July and surrendered 11 runs in 17 1/3 innings as his ERA crept up to 3.32 on the year. He is 19 2/3 innings shy of qualifying for the National League ERA title, but would own the 10th-best ERA in the league if he met the inning minimum.

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Luke Weaver is scheduled to take the mound for the Cardinals in place of Adam Wainwright, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday. The right-hander was added to the 25-man roster on Thursday to make his first start of the season. He is the No. 64 overall prospect in the Majors, and the Cardinals' fourth-best prospect.

In two relief appearances with St. Louis this season, Weaver has allowed three hits and no runs over three innings. As a starter in Triple-A Memphis he has excelled this year, going 9-1 in 13 starts with a 1.91 ERA. Weaver also made eight starts (nine appearances) with the Cardinals last season, going 1-4 with a 5.70 ERA.

"Tomorrow I'm just to try and go out there and give as many innings with zeros up on the board," Weaver said. "Try and get another W."

The series against the National Wild Card-leading D-backs will conclude a seven-game homestand for the Cardinals.

Three things to know about this game 

• Godley is 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA in seven road starts this season and has struck out 44 batters in 43 1/3 innings.

• Nearly three-quarters of Godley's strikeouts this season have come on pitches outside the strike zone. But in his last start against the Nationals, he recorded eight K's on pitches within the zone, twice as many as in any other game in his career.

• Six Cardinals have made their Major League debuts this season, including outfielder Harrison Bader, who doubled and scored the game-winning run against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.