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2021 MLB Handicapping
(75-70) San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals (76-69)
Date: Friday, September 17th, 2021
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Vince Valasquez (SD) vs. Miles Mikolas (STL)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Padres +130 | Cardinals -140
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cardinals -1.5 (+110)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U 8.5
A series with gigantic playoff proportions will take place this weekend at Busch Stadium as the San Diego Padres will travel to town to take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis has won 5 straight games and suddenly own a 1.5 game lead over the Padres and Reds for the final Wild Card spot. These next 3 games could ultimately be the difference between one of these teams making the playoffs and the other not.
San Diego Padres
San Diego’ second half slump continues as the team has fallen into an outside looking in situation for the final NL Wild Card spot at 75-70 after getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend and dropping 2 games against the Giants.
The Padres offense scored just 4 total runs during the series and Max Scherzer had a perfect game through 8 innings on Friday.
San Diego is led by Fernando Tatis with 37 homers and 86 RBI. Manny Machado is the team leader and RBI with 89. San Diego is hitting .236 and averaging 4.54 runs per nine innings against left-handers.
The Padres are 14th in team batting average (.242), 21st in homeruns per game (1.14), and 10th in runs per game (4.61).
St. Louis Cardinals
Grabbing a four-game split against the mighty Dodgers is not a bad result at all for St. Louis, as its pitching was fantastic in the final two games of the series.
It hasn’t been a good season for the Cardinals at the plate, as they are averaging 4.11 runs per game with a 0.709 OPS to rank in the bottom 10 teams in baseball.
St. Louis pitching is right at league average with a 4.15 combined ERA despite walking an MLB-worst 3.97 opposing batters per nine innings.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Padres are 75-70 overall
- Padres are 31-39 on the road
- Cardinals are 76-69 overall
- Cardinals are 5-0 SU in last 5 games
- Cardinals are 39-33 at home
Free San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
The opening game of this series surprisingly features a matchup between two inexperienced pitchers. The Padres signed Valasquez and placed Blake Snell on IL as the team continues to deal with injuries to their starting and bullpen rotations.
The Cardinals are playing winning baseball right now and continue to find ways to win. The Padres are finally coming out of a gauntlet of a schedule as they faced the two best teams in baseball, their division foes Giants and Dodgers.
I expect this series to be close but I like San Diego to win with plus money in this one as Valasquez will throw St. Louis off their game enough to allow the Padres offense to do enough to get it done.
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