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St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/14/14

San Diego Padres (56-62) at St. Louis Cardinals (62-56)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Eric Stults (L) (5-13) (4.756) vs. John Lackey (R) (12-8) (3.978)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -167 / San Diego Padres +157 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SD, FSN-MW

The San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals will begin a four-game series Thursday at Busch Stadium.

The Padres have won five straight and are 15 games below a .500 record. The Padres pitching staff has led the way during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in 10 of their last 11 games. Overall, the Padres have an ERA of 3.05, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jedd Gyorko is coming off a four-hit game and Seth Smith has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. Starting is Eric Stults, who is 5-13 with a 4.76 ERA and has 80 strikeouts in 123 innings. Stults is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA in two career starts against the Cardinals.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/14/14

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The Cardinals are 6-6 in the month of August and seven games above .500. The Cardinals pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Cardinals have an ERA of 3.60, which is 12th in baseball, and they’ve won eight of their last 11 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jhonny Peralta has a hit in seven of his last 10 games and Kolten Wong has a five-game hitting streak. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 12-8 with a 3.98 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 149.1 innings. This is Lackey’s first career game against the Padres.

The Padres are 1-5 in Stults' last 6 starts with 4 days of rest and 3-9 in Stults' last 12 starts overall. The Cardinals are 64-28 in their last 92 home games vs. a team with a losing record and 1-6 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series. The Padres are 12-40 in the last 52 meetings in St. Louis.

I don't like the juice with the Cards, so I'm taking the under. Both teams struggle to score and both pitchers have had their moments this season. 

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Under 7.5

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