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St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres - 4/5/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Friday April 5, 2019, 4:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals -140 / San Diego Padres +130 O/U: 7.5
TV Channel
FSMW, FSSD
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The San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals will match up on the MLB diamond as they kick off their weekend series Friday.

It’s looking like Nick Margevicius will take the hill for the Padres on Friday. The young Margevicius put up a nice line his last time out with five innings of one run ball versus the Giants in his debut outing.

Tops in hitting for the Padres this year is Wil Myers with his nine hits, four runs, one double, two homers and four RBI. Eric Hosmer is right behind with seven hits, two runs, two doubles and four RBI so far.

Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re sending out RHP Jack Flaherty on Friday. In his first action of the year, Flaherty went 4.1 innings with seven hits and four earned versus Milwaukee in a no-decision.

As for the Cardinals’ offense, Kolton Wong is about the only consistent contributor with 10 hits, seven runs, three homers and six RBI. Newly-Acquired Paul Goldschmidt has slapped four home runs with eight RBI already as well.

The Padres are 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five versus a right-handed starter. The under is 3-0-1 in the Padres’ last four Friday games and the over is 7-1 in their last eight versus the NL Central.

Flaherty’s first start of the year wasn’t exactly the confidence-building kind, and the fact that he’s given up a combined 16 earned runs over four starts dating back to last year doesn’t inspire confidence either.

As for Margevicius, there certainly could be something there, but we’ll have to see what happens when he starts facing some of the more crafty MLB hitters. Still, I’ve got enough faith here to take the Padres on a good number.

Pick:
San Diego Padres +130

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