San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 7/30/14
St. Louis Cardinals (56-48) at San Diego Padres (46-59)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm (PETCO Park)
Joe Kelly (R) (2-1) (3.900) vs. Jesse Hahn (R) (6-2) (2.121)
The Line: San Diego Padres -120 / St. Louis Cardinals +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
The St Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres squareoff in game two of their series at Petco Park.
The Cardinals are trying to put some pressure on the National League Central Brewers and secure a Wild Card. I know it might be too early to be talking about the Wild Card but it's something the teams in the top heavy Central will be thinking about soon enough. The Redbirds missed out on a chance to move up in the standings in Tuesday's 3-1 defeat which spoiled a winnable effort on the mound from Lance Lynn who was charged with two runs (one earned) over six innings. The Cardinals attack stalled on six hits with Kolten Wong connecting on a sac fly. The Cardinals have named Joe Kelly as starter in Wedesday's match up at San Diego. Kelly struggled last time out against the Cubs with five runs plated over 4.2 frames of a 7-6 defeat.
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San Diego had been heating up at the plate and when the Padres score the chances of winning are greatly increased with a rotation that has been above average. However the bats might be cooled off once again following three straight defeats at Atlanta with St Louis coming to town. The Padres ended their skid in Tuesday's win thanks to great work on the mound from Tyson Ross who allowed the single run through six innings. The offense wasn't great with six hits but Yangervis Solarte went solo while Alexi Amarista and Jedd Gyorko drove in runs. The Padres turn to Jesse Hahn on the mound who faces the dangerous St Louis offense for the first time. In eight outings Hahn has gone 6-2 with a 2.12 ERA through 46.2 innings where he has given up 30 hits.
This is a game where you are leary the Cardinals will break loose and pound San Diego because the Padres are not that good. It's also a game that the home team can win with a few runs which is the most we'll see...