San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

The St. Louis Cardinals are playing host to the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium. This NL matchup will get going at 8:15 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Midwest will be televising the game.

San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

St. Louis (-200) is hosting this game as the favorite over San Diego (+185) and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds coming in at Padres +1.5 runs (-120) and Cardinals -1.5 runs (+100).

The Padres have gone 32-37 SU this year and are 34-34 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 0.6 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 8.2 units ATS. San Diego is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 36-29 SU and 31-33 ATS. The team has lost 0.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.1 units ATS. St. Louis has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

St. Louis games have an over/under record of 25-35-4 thus far in 2018. The Padres have an over/under record of 33-33-2.

Eric Lauer is projected to start for the visiting Padres. Lauer is 2-4 with a 6.64 ERA and 38 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with a 23.14 ERA against St. Louis this year.

The Cardinals are putting the ball in the hands of righty Luke Weaver (3-5, 4.35 ERA), who’s got 60 strikeouts and 25 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.32 WHIP. Weaver is 1-0 with four strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against San Diego this year.

As a unit, St. Louis pitching staff has allowed 4.0 runs per game overall this year. The teams starters have a 3.06 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.47 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

The St. Louis offense has produced 4.3 runs per contest, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .251/.316/.439 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

First baseman Jose Martinez and left fielder Marcell Ozuna have led the charge for the Cardinals batters this year. Martinez is hitting .322/.391/.522 with 10 home runs, 42 RBIs and 31 runs scored, and Ozuna is batting .283 with seven homers, 35 RBIs and 26 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, San Diego’s pitching staff allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.92 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 8.07 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.22, along with a WHIP of 1.50 and a K/9 of 9.27.

Padres hitters have slashed .232/.299/.373 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 2.8 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Left fielder Jose Pirela and first baseman Eric Hosmer have paced San Diego’s hitters. Pirela is slashing .275/.325/.351 with 72 hits, 19 RBIs and 37 runs scored, while Hosmer (.286/.368/.480) has produced 71 hits, nine homers, 31 RBIs and 34 runs scored.

The Padres have gained 2.1 units and are 26-21 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 20 of those games, compared to 25 that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers.

San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Free MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Padres, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The Padres have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 14 over their last 10.
  • San Diego fielders have committed three errors over their last five games, compared to zero errors for St. Louis over its last five.
  • The Padres have won three of their last four games SU.