St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres - 7/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Padres (41-51) at St. Louis Cardinals (47-44)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Colin Rea (5-3) (4.84) vs. C Martinez (8-6) (2.85)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / San Diego Padres --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Diego Padres look to shake off a tough loss on the road last night as they continue their series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
The Padres got absolutely waxed by the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium last night and things don’t get any easier on Tuesday as they have to face off against Carlos Martinez who has become the Cards’ best pitcher over the last two seasons. San Diego has already made some moves this season that suggest they are going to be sellers at the trade deadline as they have moved from from Fernando Rodney and James Shields and they will likely send a few more out the door in the coming weeks as Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross could be on the move. San Diego doesn’t have a ton to offer at the plate and against Martinez they are going to be in trouble here despite their recent stretch of success when Colin Rea is on the mound.
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The Cards head into tonight’s game with a 47-44 record and they are in the chase for a wild card spot in the National League and speculation suggests they too will be active at the trade deadline but as buyers and not sellers. St. Louis has a decent lineup and some pretty top end pitching options but they haven’t quite had the season many people had anticipated and even if they do get to the playoffs there isn’t much to suggest they can compete with the top end division leaders in either league. Martinez though has been very strong this season despite sustaining six losses and if he can stay sharp here he and the Cards should have no trouble dispatching of the Padres again.
San Diego is 4-0 in Rea’s last four road starts, 9-19 in their last 28 against a team with a winning record, and 7-3 in their last 10 against the NL Central while the Cards are 5-0 in their last five home starts against a righty, 2-5 in their last seven home games overall, and 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series. The Cards are trending upward and should continue that here as Martinez gets back in the win column.