In this National League matchup, the Cardinals (56-76, 28-38 home) play host to the Padres (62-70, 27-37 away) at Busch Stadium. Taking the mound for the Cardinals is Zack Thompson, while the Padres will go with Seth Lugo. Check out my pick for two of this St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres matchup.
SAN DIEGO PADRES VS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Diego Padres -149
This game will be played at Busch Stadium at 7:45 ET on Tuesday, August 29th.
WHY BET THE SAN DIEGO PADRES:
- Coming into the game, the Cardinals have gone just 4-6 in their last ten home games.
- The Cardinals have been struggling of late, having lost each of their last four straight games.
- Over his last two starts, Seth Lugo has an ERA of just .00.
SAN DIEGO PADRES SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
For the season, the Padres have put together a record of 62-70 and are 4th in the NL West, putting them 20 games out of first place. San Diego’s overall series record sits at 17-21-5. On the road, they have gone 27-37 and 35-33 at home.
Seth Lugo has had a solid season thus far, with 20 appearances and a 5-6 record. His ERA stands at 3.70, while his WHIP is 1.23 and slugging percentage allowed is .408. He has 107 strikeouts on the year, averaging 8.81 K/9 innings pitched. Lugo’s record is 2-2 on the road and 3-4 at home, with an ERA of 3.41 away from home and 6.37 at home.
Seth Lugo earned the win in his most recent start, a 4-0 shutout of the Marlins. The right-hander tossed six innings of three-hit ball, notching a quality start in the process.
During their last five games, San Diego is the 16th ranked offense in terms of batting average. In these games, they have hit a combined .236 and are averaging 4.2 runs per game. Across the entire season, the Padres are hitting .238 with an OBP of .325 while averaging 4.5 runs per contest. This figure puts them 14th in the league.
Manny Machado has been a major contributor to the Padres’ offense this season, leading the team in home runs with 25 over the course of the year. In their last ten games, Machado has hit four long balls and is batting .249 overall.
WILL THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
With an overall record of 56-76, the Cardinals are 5th in the NL Central. When playing at home, they are 28-38 and 28-38. So far, St. Louis has a record of 23-23 against below .500 teams and have played in 42 series, going 15-22-5.
Starter Zack Thompson has had a mixed season thus far for the Cardinals, with an overall record of 3-5 in 19 appearances. His ERA stands at 3.86, and he has an impressive K/9 rate of 11.31. Additionally, his FIP is 3.53 and his OBP is .335.
Zack Thompson earned the victory in his most recent start against the Pirates, surrendering two runs on six hits. The Cardinals emerged victorious with a 6-4 final score.
Over their last five games, the Cardinals are ranked 20th in the league in scoring at 2 runs per game. Their season-long scoring average of 4.5 per contest puts them 16th in baseball. In terms of on-base percentage, St. Louis is 8th, with an OBP currently sitting at .328. The team’s collective batting average is .254 (9th).
Over the Cardinals’ last five contests, Paul Goldschmidt has topped the team in hits, boasting a .292 batting average. For the 2023 campaign, Goldschmidt is hitting .278 and has plated 69 runs.