Colin Rea (1-1, 5.51 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (7-11) meet Mike Leake (0-2, 5.71 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (9-8) in the last of a three-game series at Petco Park. The Cardinals won the last game 11-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:40 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 24 and will air on FSMW and FSSD.
In his last start, Rea pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. Matt Kemp (.258, 8 Rs, 5 HRs, 13 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Cardinals were unsuccessful the last time Leake pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up four runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 5-0 loss to the Cubs. Aledmys Diaz (.467, 12 Rs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well to start the season for the Cardinals, going 5 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. SSt. Louis is one of the top hitting teams in the league, converting .271 of their at-bats for hits. St. Louis has an eye for the strike zone, ranking fifth in the NL with 3.8 walks per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 5-3, while San Diego is 5-6.
The Cardinals are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 11 runs. The Padres have a 0-3 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 5-1. The Cardinals have a 7-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 18th in runs, San Diego has earned 67 this season. St. Louis ranks second with 103 runs.
Ranking 13th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 54 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 64.
The Padres are 7-0 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 7-5 when they hit at least one homer.