On Friday night, struggling right-hander Adam Wainwright (0-2, 8.27 ERA) will look to get on track when the St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game set against a San Diego Padres ball club that has won two straight and three of its last four games. Now, let’s find out which NL World Series hopeful is the team to back in this MLB betting odds affair.
How To Bet The Cardinals (8-7) @ Padres (6-9) MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Friday, April 22 – 10:40 PM EST
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
TV: FS-M, FSSD
Probable Starters: Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (0-2) vs Padres: (0-1)
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet the St. Louis Cardinals
The best reason to back St. Louis in this matchup is that the Cardinals have been putting runs on the board like crazy over their last 10 games. St. Louis has scored four runs or more in eight of their L/10 games while scoring seven runs or more five times. Hell, the Cardinals’ bats have been so hot that they’ve even managed to score 10 runs or more three times over the stretch. Unfortunately, veteran hurler Adam Wainwright is mired in a horrific funk right now. The former staff ace was smacked around to the tune of seven runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings of a 9-8 loss against Cincinnati on Saturday.
Wainwright gave up five runs on six hits in just five innings of the Cardinals’ 12-7 win over Atlanta on April 10. The good news is that Wainwright has gone 6-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 11 appearances against the Padres.
Why Bet the San Diego Padres
The best reason to bet on San Diego in this contest is that the Padres have been hot at the plate recently, scoring five runs or more in three of their last five games. The Padres will hand the ball to right-hander Andrew Cashner (0-1, 5.40 ERA) hoping he can duplicate his last outing after limiting Arizona to one run on four hits in six innings of a 5-3 win on Saturday.
Cashner has pitched longer and given up fewer runs in succession in each of his three starts this season. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA in eight career appearances against the Cardinals.
My Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
With Adam Wainwright mired in a nasty funk and the Cardinals going 4-9 in their last 13 road games against San Diego, I believe the Padres are the right pick to hold it down and get the win at home. St. Louis is just 3-8 in its last 11 road games while San Diego has gone 5-1 in Andrew Cashner’s last six starts with five day’s rest.
I say the Padres get the win while the final score likely plays over the set total for this affair.
My final score prediction: San Diego 5 St. Louis 3