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St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres - 4/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time Saturday April 6, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)
Location
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals -116 / San Diego Padres -105
TV Channel
FS-Midwest, FS-San Diego
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The San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in game two of their MLB set from Busch Stadium in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.

The San Diego Padres will look to keep their momentum going after opening the series with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals in game one on Friday. Hunter Renfroe had a pinch-hit two run home run while Fernando Tatis Jr. added a pair of hits with a home run and two RBIs. Franchy Cordero added a double while going 2 for 3 with an RBI to round out San Diego’s scoring in the win. Ian Kinsler, Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes each added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Nick Margevicius allowed one run on one hit over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Robert Stock got the win to improve to 1-0 while Kirby Yates closed out the 9th for his 4th save of the season. Chris Paddack will start game two and is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Paddack’s first career start against St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to rebound after their game one loss to San Diego on Friday. Paul DeJong and Paul Goldschmidt each had a solo home run while Matt Carpenter added a double and Marcell Ozuna chipped in an RBI to round out St. Louis’ offense in the losing effort as the Cardinals mustered up just four hits as a team. Jack Flaherty threw five scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Dominic Leone received his first blown save of the year while Alex Reyes took the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Michael Wacha will start game two and is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wacha is 3-0 with a 2.32 ERA and 20 strikeouts against San Diego.

San Diego is 7-3 in their last 10 road games and 12-26 in their last 38 games following a win while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 road games against a right-handed starter. St. Louis is 4-9 in their last 13 games overall and 7-2 in Wacha’s last 9 home starts while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. San Diego is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The Padres have had a lot of recent success in this matchup, and Paddack looked good in his debut, so the plus money is worth a look. However, this will be Paddack’s first start on the road and the Cardinals despite their slow start have been a solid team at home over the years and Wacha has had a lot of success in his career against the Padres. This looks like a pitcher’s duel, but with the more experienced pitcher in Wacha at home, I have to lay the juice with St. Louis in this spot.

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -116

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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