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Cardinals vs. Padres - 7/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Diego Padres (41-54) at St. Louis Cardinals (50-44)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

A Cashner (4-7) (5.05) vs. A Wainwright (9-5) (4.00)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -220 / San Diego Padres +203 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSD/FSMW

The St. Louis Cardinals look to sweep the San Diego Padres Thursday night.

The San Diego Padres look for some consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Padres have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The San Diego Padres have an ERA of 4.57 and have lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Wil Myers leads San Diego with 101 hits, Matt Kemp has 63 RBI and Melvin Upton Jr. has 16 home runs. Andrew Cashner gets the nod, and he’s 4-7 with a 5.05 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Cashner is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

Cardinals vs. Padres - 7/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The St. Louis Cardinals offense continues to produce, and they’ve won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Stephen Piscotty leads St. Louis with 101 hits, Aledmys Diaz has 49 RBI and Matt Carpenter has 14 home runs. Adam Wainwright takes the hill, and he’s 9-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 6-3 with a 1.99 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 1-9 in their last 10 during game 4 of a series and 1-4 in Cashners last 5 road starts. The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series and 39-17 in Wainwrights last 56 starts. The Cardinals are 5-2 in Wainwrights last 7 starts vs. Padres.

The St. Louis Cardinals are in one of those grooves they usually get in the second half of the season, and they've owned this series overall. The Cards should be able to complete the sweep with Wainwright on the hill. 

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