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St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres - 7/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (38-43) at St. Louis Cardinals (51-27)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

O Despaigne (3-6) (4.83) vs. C Martinez (9-3) (2.80)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -180 / San Diego Padres +170 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwst, FS-San Diego

The St Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres continue their weekend series at Busch Stadium Saturday.

The San Diego Padres are an improved a team but they are still struggling to reach .500 despite the changes in the off season. The Padres defeated St Louis for the second straight time in a 2-1 decision on Friday night. Starter Andrew Cashner gave up a run on three hits and three bases on balls over six frames with three relievers holding the Card off the scoreboard. SD managed eight hits and walked once with Jedd Gyorko smacked a solo homer and singled in Yangervis Solarte who tripled for all the scoring. The Padres give the ball to Odrisamer Despaigne for Saturday’s start at St Louis. Despaigne was hurt by the long ball in a 6-4 loss to Arizona where he gave up five runs (four earned) with two homers in 5.2 frames.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres - 7/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St Louis Cardinals have suffering through a rare slow down where runs have been scarce and the pitching hasn’t been strong. The Cardinals have dropped an unheard of four in a row with their offense struggling to produce. A strong effort on the mound was wasted with Michael Wacha surrendering a solo jack through seven frames with Trevor Rosenthal allowing a 9th inning run to take the loss. The Redbirds totaled just four hits and walked three times with Jason Heyward recording a single, walk and run. Carlos Martinez shoots for his third straight win when he opposes the Cardinals on Saturday. Martinez comes off of a 4-1 win versus the Cubs with the lone run scored on two hits and a trio of BB in six innings.

San Diego are 3-7 in Despaigne’s last 10 road starts. St Louis  are 44-13 in their last 57 home games and  are 41-14 in their last 55 games as a favorite while the under is 11-4 in their last 15 Saturday games. San Diego are 14-43 in the last 57 meetings in St. Louis and  are 36-78 in the last 114 meetings. The Cardinals are suffering through their first real losing streak and if they don’t hit Despaigne they could be in trouble…

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