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San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres
Date & Time Friday June 28, 2019, 10:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Petco Park
San Diego, CA
The Line
San Diego Padres -115 / St. Louis Cardinals -105
TV Channel
FS-Midwest, FS-San Diego
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Petco Park on Friday.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to bounce back after being swept in a mini two-game set with the Oakland A’s, dropping the series finale by a final score of 2-0 in their last outing. Marcell Ozuna had a double and Tommy Edman went 2 for 4 at the dish while Paul Goldschmidt and Dexter Fowler each had a base hit as well as the Cards cranked out just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Adam Wainwright took the loss, falling to 5-7 on the year after allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out nine over 6.2 innings of work. Michael Wacha will start game one and is 5-3 with a 5.59 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wacha is 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 27 strikeouts against San Diego.

The San Diego Padres will look to keep the ball rolling after a two-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, following a 10-5 loss in the series finale last time out. Eric Hosmer had a home run while going 3 for 5 with four RBIs while Franmil Reyes had a pair of homers and three RBIs. Greg Garcia added a homer while going 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Hunter Renfroe added a solo shot to finish off San Diego’s scoring as a team in the win. Fernando Tatis Jr. added a pair of hits while Manny Machado added a base knock of his own to cap off San Diego’s offense in the victory. Matt Strahm gave up four runs on five hits while striking out nine over six innings of work. Craig Stammen closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the campaign. Eric Lauer will start game one and is 5-7 with a 4.32 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lauer is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 2 strikeouts against St. Louis.

St. Louis is 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 5-2 in Wacha’s last 7 starts against the NL West while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 series opening matchups. San Diego is 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 home games against a right-handed starter while the over is 2-0-2 in their last 4 games overall. St. Louis is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams but are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in San Diego.

A sweep of Baltimore doesn’t really move the needle for me on San Diego, as the Padres have yet to find sustained consistency and Lauer hasn’t had much luck lately, losing his last three starts. Wacha has been roughed up quite a bit this season and the Cardinals aren’t playing much better in their own right, but Wacha has some decent numbers against the Padres in his career and the Cardinals are likely to score some runs off of Lauer, so I’ll take a shot with the Cardinals to steal game one in the underdog role here.

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -105

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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