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San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview


Two of the most disappointing teams in Major League Baseball for 2023 will get together to start a three-game series on Monday. The St. Louis Cardinals are hosting the San Diego Padres. Both teams are on losing streaks, as the Cardinals were swept by the Phillies in Philadelphia.

St. Louis is a mind-boggling 17.5 games out of first place with a 56-75 record on the season. The Cardinals have dropped 8 out of their last ten games. For the San Diego Padres, they were swept by Milwaukee. The Padres have fallen to 61-70 on the season and are 3-7 in their last 10 games.

The San Diego Padres are the favorites on the road in this game. The Padres are -166, and the Cardinals are +140. The total for this game is 9.5 runs.

Padres Get Their Ace on the Mound

The San Diego Padres could use a win, and when they need a win, Blake Snell is a great guy to turn to. Snell has been Cy Young like this season with his 10-9 record, but a 2.73. Snell has been a great strikeout pitcher this season, with 16 to go to reach 200 on the season. Snell has struck out 37 batters over his last five outings.

A lot has not gone right for the San Diego Padres in 2023, including their team batting average. A roster full of great offensive hitters has struggled to put it all together. The Padres are hitting .237 as a team. The top hitter for San Diego this season has been Ha-Seong Kim, at .276. Manny Machado leads the team in power numbers, with his 25 bombs and 78 runs batted in.

San Diego is starting the second leg of their road trip. They will come home Thursday and start a four-game series against the Giants, and then welcome the Phillies to town for three games.

Wainwright’s Nearing the End

41-year-old Adam Wainwright is going to get the start in this game. Wainwright is 3-9 on the season and has an earned run average of 8.61. This will be his 18th start of the season, and he has allowed 124 hits in 77.1 innings. His most recent outing was 4.2 innings at Pittsburgh, allowing seven hits and six runs. In fact, over his last four starts, Wainwright has allowed 24 earned runs in 14.2 innings.

In the three-game series sweep at the hands of the Phillies, the Cardinals allowed 22 total runs. St. Louis has been atrocious pitching all season, as they are 25th with a team ERA of 4.74. In the loss on Saturday, the offense struck out ten times to Zach Wheeler. The Cardinals continue to play without Nolan Arenado, who has a back injury. Arenado is four home runs away from 30, and 13 runs batted in way from 100.

The Cardinals are at home for six games, as the Pirates come in for a weekend series. Then, St. Louis heads to Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Baltimore to open up the month of September.

Padres Win Opener

This game is going to go to the road team. Blake Snell has the potential of completely shutting down a lifeless Cardinals team. Adam Wainwright goes for St. Louis, and he has been one of the worst pitchers in all of the league this season.

Look for the Padres to get their bats going and Snell to be solid here. The final bet for this game is the San Diego Padres run line. Take San Diego -1.5 (-115) over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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