St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14
San Diego Padres (57-63) at St. Louis Cardinals (64-56)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
Tyson Ross (R) (11-10) (2.633) vs. Lance Lynn (R) (12-8) (2.966)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -128 / San Diego Padres +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, FSN-MW
The San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals meet Friday night at Busch Stadium.
The San Diego Padres have won six of their last eight games and are six games below .500. The Padres pitching staff has turned up the heat lately, allowing three or less runs in 10 of their last 12 games. Overall, the San Diego Padres have an ERA of 3.05, which is second in the league, and they’ve won five straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Seth Smith has hit in seven of his last nine games and Yonder Alonso has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Tyson Ross takes the hill, and he’s 11-10 with a 2.63 ERA and has 160 strikeouts in 160.2 innings. Ross is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four career games against the Cardinals.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have split their last 10 games and are eight games above .500. Although scoring nine runs in their last two games the Cardinals have struggled offensively, producing three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Cards have lost six of their last eight when scoring three or less runs. Matt Carpenter has four hits in his last two games and Jon jay has a six-game hitting streak. The Cardinals have an ERA of 3.59, which is 12th in the majors. Starting is Lance Lynn, who is 12-8 with a 2.97 ERA and has 133 strikeouts in 145.2 innings. Lynn is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three career starts against the Padres.
The Padres are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 5-0 in Ross' last 5 starts. The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 5-2 in Lynn's last 7 starts.
I like the value we're getting here with the San Diego Padres. The Padres have been playing solid baseball over the last week and have won in Ross' last five starts. The Cards are too inconsistent right now to back with juice.