St. Louis Cardinals (22-14) at San Diego Padres (14-26)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 12, 2018, 8:40 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Diego Padres +115 / St. Louis Cardinals -125 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres meet Saturday in MLB action at Petco Park.
The St. Louis Cardinals look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Cardinals have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 16 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won seven straight games when scoring more than one run. Marcell Ozuna leads the Cardinals with 37 hits and 20 RBI while Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez have combined for 73 hits and 37 RBI. Michael Wacha gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Wacha is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.
The San Diego Padres could use a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Padres have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The San Diego Padres have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Jose Pirela leads the Padres with 43 hits and 13 RBI while Eric Hosmer and Freddy Galvis have combined for 67 hits and 23 RBI. Tyson Ross gets the ball, and he is 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Ross is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 6-0 in Wachas last 6 starts. The Padres are 3-11 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series, 2-6 in Ross' last 8 home starts and 4-9 in Ross' last 13 starts. The Cardinals are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in San Diego, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Cardinals have won six straight games with Wacha on the hill, and he's allowed three or less runs in each of those starts. Ross has given up a combined nine runs and nine walks in his last 16 innings and has been much worse at home this season. Also, the San Diego Padres continue to find ways to lose regardless, so even if the pitching matchup is in their favor, I'm not sure how much you really want to trust them as an underdog. Give me the St. Louis Cardinals and the cheap price.