San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals
|Date & Time||Sunday April 7, 2019, 2:15 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Cardinals -128 / San Diego Padres +118 O/U: 8.5
The San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals will match up to finish their MLB weekend series on Sunday.
The Padres managed a 5-3 win in the Friday game of this matchup, then on Saturday San Diego made it two in a row with a 6-4 win.
For the Sunday game, the Padres will be sending out lefty Matt Strahm. In his debut April 1 this year, Strahm lasted just 2.2 innings with five earned on eight hits alongside three walks and two strikeouts versus the D-Backs.
In Saturday’s game two, Hunter Renfroe bagged a double and an RBI in the winning effort for the Padres. Manny Machado ripped a two-run homer in the eighth inning as well and had two hits on the day.
Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re going with Adam Wainwright on Sunday. In his first start of the year, Wainwright put up a no-decision with 4.0 innings, four hits and four earned in Pittsburgh April 1.
St. Louis’ Marcel Ozuna put up a two-run homer in the Saturday loss, and Kolton Wong had a double with an RBI. Yadier Molina provided a pair of hits and a run for the Cards as well.
The Padres are 4-1 in their last five Sunday games and 5-2 in their last seven in game three of a series. The under is 4-0 in San Diego’s last four in game three of a series and the over is 8-3 in their last 11 Sunday gaes.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 41-20 in Wainwright’s last 61 starts and 36-15 in his last 51 Sunday starts. St. Louis is 40-16 in Wainwright’s last 56 home starts and they’re 1-6 in their last seven in game three of a series.
Strahm had a nice run of relief outings to finish off last season (just two earned allowed over his final nine appearances) but needless to say his first start of 2019 did not go very well.
As for Wainwright, he’s not as reliable as he once was, and giving up three or four earned every start seems to be about the norm for him these days.
I’m not thrilled about either of these pitchers (or the rest of the teams, for that matter), but in the lesser of two evils here I have to go with Wainwright and the Cards for the win.