St. Louis Cardinals (21-14) at San Diego Padres (14-25)
|Date & Time||Friday May 11, 2018, 10:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego Padres +142 / St. Louis Cardinals -152 --- Over/Under: 8
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres meet Friday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals look for another victory here after winning six of their last eight games. The Cardinals have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 14 straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 36 hits and 20 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham have combined for 69 hits and 34 RBI. Luke Weaver gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.60 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. This will be Weaver’s second career game against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres could use a victory here after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Padres have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The San Diego Padres have lost 12 of their last 15 games when scoring five or less runs. Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 40 hits and 12 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 66 hits and 33 RBI. Eric Lauer gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Lauer’s first career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 6-2 in Weavers last 8 road starts, 11-5 in Weavers last 16 starts on grass and 11-5 in Weavers last 16 starts. The Padres are 4-9 in their last 13 Friday games, 8-21 in their last 29 games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego, 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and the under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Weaver has been getting tagged recently, allowing four or more runs in each of his last four starts, and he has an ERA well over five with an allowed batting average of .296 on the road this season. Lauer has just 14 career innings under his belt, but he's looking pretty decent out there, giving up 14 hits and three runs in his last 11 innings. In his last start, Lauer pitched six scorless innings against the Dodgers. The San Diego Padres have been in a lot of tight games, so they're not nearly as bad as their record. Based on the pitching matchup, there's value siding with the underdog in this spot.