Cesar Vargas (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Michael Wacha (1-0, 2.76 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (7-10) and the St. Louis Cardinals (8-8) at Petco Park. The Padres won the last game 4-1, and San Diego leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 23 and can be seen on FSMW and FSSD.
Wil Myers (.304, 8 Rs, 4 HRs, 9 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 3 with one run, one home run, three RBIs, and one stolen base. Wacha went 6.0 innings, surrendering three, striking out five and walking one in a 4-3 win over the Reds in his last outing. Aledmys Diaz (.400, 11 Rs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
The odds for San Diego and St. Louis are unavailable, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. San Diego is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 13 bases. The Cardinals are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the NL with 9.3 hits per game. St. Louis is excellent at drawing walks with 3.9 per game, ranking fifth in the NL.
The Padres have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
When leading after seven innings, St. Louis is 4-3, while San Diego is 5-5.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have a 2-7 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Padres are 5-1. The Cardinals have a 6-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 65 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at second with 92.
Ranking 14th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 50 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 59.
When the Padres hit at least one home run, they are 7-0. When the Cardinals hit at least one homer, they have a 6-5 record.