Andrew Cashner (4-12, 4.20 ERA) and John Lackey (10-7, 2.87 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the San Diego Padres (59-62) and the St. Louis Cardinals (77-43) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 21 and can be seen on FSMW and FSSD.
Cashner pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out two and walking two in a 7-5 defeat to the Rockies. Yangervis Solarte (.268, 45 Rs, 9 HRs, 47 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 3 for 3 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Lackey went 8.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 6-2 win over the Marlins in his most recent start.
The odds for San Diego and St. Louis are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. 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 321.
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 on base, the Cardinals are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season. 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 have a 45-50 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lackey takes the mound. Cashner (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
The Cardinals won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Padres are 17-16. The Cardinals are 28-19 in close games this season.
The Padres managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Cardinals who are coming in with a 30-16 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 9-45. The Cardinals have a 19-28 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 108.
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 (.680). St. Louis ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .711.
The Cardinals are 31-29 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Padres are 33-43 when they allow at least one homer.