St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/16/14
San Diego Padres (57-64) at St. Louis Cardinals (65-56)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Jesse Hahn (R) (7-3) (2.518) vs. Shelby Miller (R) (8-9) (4.206)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -135 / San Diego Padres +125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, FS1
The San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals play game three of four on Saturday night.
The San Diego Padres have won five of their last seven games but haven’t had much success in this series. One thing that’s keeping the Padres competitive is their pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in 10 of their last 13 games. Overall, the San Diego Padres have an ERA of 3.06, which is second in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when holding a team to three or less runs. Offensively, things remain a struggle for the Padres but Seth Smith has an extra base hit in two straight games and Rene Rivera has a hit in seven of his last 10 games. Jesse Hahn gets the nod, and he’s 7-3 with a 2.52 ERA and has 62 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. This is Hahn’s second career game against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have won three straight and are nine games above .500. All of a sudden the Cardinals are scoring runs, producing four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Cardinals have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Matt Adams has five hits in his last three games and Jhonny Peralta has three RBIs in this series. The St. Louis Cardinals have an ERA of 3.58, which is 12th in the majors. Starting is Shelby Miller, who is 8-9 with a 4.17 ERA and has 90 strikeouts in 133.2 innings. Miller is 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in three career games against the Padres.
The Padres are 4-1 in Hahn's last 5 road starts and 8-2 in Hahn's last 10 starts overall. The Cardinals are 0-4 in Miller's last 4 home starts and 2-7 in Miller's last 9 starts overall.
Hahn has pitched extremely well all season, while the Cards haven't been able to win with Miller on the mound in his last four home starts. I'll take the Padres and the plus money.