The Cardinals Travel To San Diego For Three Games
The Cardinals will be heading to San Diego to play the 21-17 Padres. The Cardinals will be ecstatic to see a Padres team short-handed. Fernando Tatis Jr., Jurickson Profar, Will Myers, Jorge Mateo, and Eric Hosmer have all been listed as out due to Covid 19 for the next 3 games.
The Padres will host this series at home, where they are 9-10. The Cardinals are 11-7 in away games, similar to their 12-8 home record. It is expected to be around 64 degrees in San Diego, with 8 mph winds and zero chance of rain for the first game.
The Cardinals own a record of 23-15 and are first in the NL Central. They have won 5 of their last 6 games. The Padres are second in the NL West, and they have won 3 of their last 4 games. Both teams have played well all year, and it should be an exciting three games.
Cardinals vs. Brewers Series
The Cardinals are coming off of a division rival series against the Brewers in which they went 2-1. The Cardinal’s pitching staff was able to surrender just five total runs in three games against the Brew Crew.
Tuesday night’s game ended in fashion, as the Cardinals were able to blast two home runs in the 11th inning to win the game by 5. Goldschmidt hit the first bomb, and Tyler O’Neill added the insurance 3-run dinger.
The next night, the Cards couldn’t get the bats going all night and were held to just one run. Once again, Tyler O’Neill was able to blast one for his 7th of the year. John Gant pitched an exceptional 5 innings of zero runs but couldn’t get help from his offense.
Thursday night’s game was a pitcher’s duel. Jack Flaherty posted 6 innings of scoreless baseball. The bullpen continued the success and held the Brewers scoreless. Nolan Arenado was able to knock in 1 of the two runs to lead the Cardinals to victory.
The Cardinals were able to take care of business and win the series against the Brewers. The star players in Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado, and Jack Flaherty all were able to contribute through the three games. But Tyler O’Neill gets the nod for MVP of this series.
Friday Night’s Game
Johan Oviedo will start against Joe Musgrove in Friday night’s game. Oviedo has only pitched 13.2 innings this year and owns an ERA of 4.61. He is hoping for his first win tonight against the powerful Padres offense.
Joe Musgrove from the Padres has posted great numbers this year in 39 innings pitched. He has a 3.00 ERA and a 0.85 whip. Musgrove posts a record of 2-4, which is surprising considering his solid numbers.
I think the Cardinals will be able to take this one and give Oviedo his first win. I’m going to call that Arenado is able to blast his 7th home run of the year off of Musgrove.
Final Score Prediction: Cardinals 5 Padres 3
Saturday Night’s Matchup
Saturday night’s game is the first of the two games in this series on national television. Chris Paddack will duel Adam Wainwright in San Diego. Wainwright has posted a 3.80 ERA in 7 games pitched. He has a record of 2-3, so not the start we are accustomed to seeing Wainwright have.
Chris Paddack has also struggled coming into this game, with an ERA of 4.78 and a record of 1-3. Paddack will be looking for revenge against the Cardinals because he allowed 6 runs in 2.1 innings in game 1 of the Wild Card Series last year.
I’ll have to take the Cardinals on this one as well. Each pitcher will have a chip on their shoulder, as each has had slow starts. I believe the Cardinal’s offense will get the better of Paddack, and Matt Carpenter will have a breakout game with a home run and 3 RBIs.
Prediction: Cardinals 7 Padres 4
Sunday Night’s Contest
Sunday Night baseball is the place where this game will be broadcasted. The Cardinals will throw out Kwang Hyun Kim, and the Padres will have Ryan Weathers on the bump. Kim has been solid for the Cardinals, recording an ERA of 2.74 and a record of 1-0 in 5 games. This is his second year in the big leagues, and he has proven to be a solid lefty so far.
The Padres have Ryan Weathers on the mound, who is also another lefty. He has been exceptional so far in his first year, with an ERA of 0.81 in 8 games. He is 2-1 this year and has 20 strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched.
Both teams have an excellent young starting pitcher lined up for Sunday night baseball. I’m going to take the rookie Ryan Weathers for this one, and I think he will keep his hot streak going against the Cards.
Prediction: Padres 4 Cardinals 2