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Cardinals at Padres - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (77-43) at San Diego Padres (59-62)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)

J Lackey (10-7) (2.87) vs. A Cashner (4-12) (4.33)

The Line: San Diego Padres +118 / St. Louis Cardinals -128 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW/FSSD

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres begin a three-game series Friday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Cardinals have won five of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Jhonny Peralta leads St. Louis with 126 hits and 56 RBI while Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong have combined for 91 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last seven road games. John Lackey gets the ball, and he’s 10-7 with a 2.87 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

Cardinals at Padres - 8/21/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Padres have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Padres have won five straight when scoring more than three runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 123 hits and 70 RBI while Justin Upton and Derek Norris have combined for 118 RBI. The San Diego Padres have won five of their last six home games. Andrew Cashner takes the hill, and he’s 4-12 with a 4.20 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. Casher is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 8-2 in their last 10 games following an off day and 3-12 in Lackeys last 15 road starts. The Padres are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series and 2-7 in Cashners last 9 home starts. The Cardinals are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in San Diego and 80-37 in the last 117 meetings overall.

If the Padres are going to keep making a strong push to get back in the wild card race, it's going to start with this home series. Lackey has an ERA of 4.25 on the road compared to his 1.91 ERA at home. I'll gladly take the plus money with a home team that's playing well as of late. 

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San Diego Padres +118

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