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Padres vs. Cardinals - 8/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm (PETCO Park)

C Martinez (12-5) (2.59) vs. I Kennedy (7-11) (4.20)

The Line: San Diego Padres +119 / St. Louis Cardinals -129 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSMW/FSSD

The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres play game two Saturday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six 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 129 hits and 56 RBI while Jason Heyward and Kolten Wong have combined for 91 RBI. The St. Louis Cardinals have won six of their last nine road games. Carlos Martinez gets the nod, and he’s 12-5 with a 2.78 ERA and 144 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 0-0 with a 6.30 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

Padres vs. Cardinals - 8/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The San Diego Padres look to remain hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Padres have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Padres have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Matt Kemp leads San Diego with 125 hits and 72 RBI while Justin Upton and Yangervis Solarte have combined for 114 RBI. The San Diego Padres have won six of their last seven home games. Ian Kennedy takes the hill, and he’s 7-11 with a 4.20 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Kennedy is 2-5 with a 8.31 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 23-6 in Martinezs last 29 starts. The Padres are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 5-1 in Kennedys last 6 home starts. The Cardinals are 80-37 in the last 117 meetings. 

Any time I get Martinez with low chalk or plus money, I take it. Martinez is simply one of the top young pitchers in baseball and always gives the Cards a chance to win. I look for St. Louis to get a nice bounce back win here behind their ace. 

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St. Louis Cardinals -129

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