Carlos Martinez (12-5, 2.78 ERA) is on the hill for the St. Louis Cardinals (77-43) as they square off against Ian Kennedy (7-11, 4.20 ERA) and the San Diego Padres (59-62) in the second of a three-game series at Petco Park. The Padres won the last game 9-3 and San Diego leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 22 and can be seen on FSMW and FSSD.
Kennedy pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering one, striking out eight and walking one in a 5-0 defeat to the Rockies. Yangervis Solarte (.270, 47 Rs, 10 HRs, 49 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Martinez went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs (one unearned) and striking out five in a 6-4 defeat to the Marlins in his most recent start.
St. Louis takes on San Diego as a -129 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at six runs. The Padres have an overall money line of -521 and a record as the underdog of 27-38. The Padres have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. The Padres are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 326.
In the other locker room, St. Louis is coming in with an overall money line of +2,403 and an impressive record of 65-27 as the favorite. St. Louis is excellent at drawing walks with 2.9 per road game, ranking fifth in the NL. St. Louis's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an NL-low 2.59 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Cardinals are second in the NL with an average of 8.1 hits allowed per game. The Cardinals have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an NL-best 8.1 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Padres lead the season series, 3-2. The Padres have a 45-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. Kennedy (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a very good 60-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL, O/U - Over
St. Louis recorded at least two errors for the 17th time this season.
The Padres are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 11 strikeouts. The Cardinals have a record of 6-16 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 9-45. The Cardinals have a 19-29 record when opponents outhit them.
St. Louis ranks near the bottom of the league at 23rd when it comes to home runs, hitting 100 this season. San Diego ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 111.
Ranking 13th, San Diego is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.20 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.58.
Ranking 28th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.683). St. Louis ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .710.
The Cardinals are 31-30 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Padres are 33-43 when they allow at least one homer.