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San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres
Date & Time Sunday June 30, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Petco Park
San Diego, California
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals +103 / San Diego Padres -124 -- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
FSMW, FSSD
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The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres meet Sunday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals need a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Cardinals have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring three or less runs. Paul DeJong leads the Cardinals with 79 hits and 36 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Paul Goldschmidt have combined for 151 hits and 93 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 5-8 with a 4.33 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Padres have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The San Diego Padres have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Eric Hosmer leads the Padres with 94 hits and 59 RBI while Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes have combined for 147 hits and 95 RBI. Joey Lucchesi gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 3.95 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. This will be Lucchesi’s first career game against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 14-6 in Mikolas' last 20 road starts and 2-6 in Mikolas' last 8 starts. The Padres are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 35-73 in their last 108 Sunday games and 1-7 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series. The Cardinals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Lucchesis last 5 home starts. The over is 13-6 in Mikolas' last 19 road starts.

Mikolas has allowed just 13 hits and on run in his last 11 innings, but he has a 7.76 ERA and a .346 allowed batting average through 31.1 innings on the road this season. It also doesn't help that the Cardinals all of a sudden can't score runs. Lucchesi has allowed 10 earned runs in his last 23 innings, and he has a solid 2.70 ERA and .195 allowed batting average through 53.1 innings at home. The Padres have a clear edge in starting pitching in this contest and they're playing clear better baseball overall. Getting the Padres and a cheap price here almost feels too easy. 

Pick:
San Diego Padres -124

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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