The St. Louis Cardinals came out swinging in Game 1 Wednesday and took a surprising 1-0 series lead, and will be looking to end the San Diego Padres’ season Thursday afternoon at Petco Park.
The Cardinals jumped out early with four runs in the first inning, including a majestic home run by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. St. Louis’ bullpen shined brightly late in the game and will be looking for the sweep Thursday.
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of San Diego -165, while St. Louis checks in at +140.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview: Going for the Sweep
The St. Louis Cardinals come into play with a chance to knock out one of the favorites in the National League. The team looks rejuvenated after getting two days off after playing 53 games in 44 days. Catcher Yadier Molina had two hits Wednesday, as did Paul Goldschmidt and rookie outfielder Dylan Carlson.
Shortstop Paul DeJong was on base five times in the victory. The Cardinals’ bullpen cemented the victory by throwing 6.1 innings and allowing just one run. Alex Reyes picked up his first career postseason save by throwing 1.1 innings of shutout ball.
The Cardinals will hand the ball over to their horse Adam Wainwright on Thursday. Wainwright was very good in the regular season, going 5-3 with a 3.15 ERA. In his last outing, Wainwright threw 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits in a 3-0 loss to Milwaukee last Saturday.
San Diego Padres Betting Preview: Must Win to Continue Season
The San Diego Padres come into play Thursday with their backs against the wall. They were blindsided by the Cardinal hitters’ aggressive approach Wednesday and fell behind 1-0 in the best-of-three series. The Padres will look back on Wednesday’s game as one of missed opportunities. They were 1-5 with runners in scoring position, and left nine runners on base.
Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. twice came up with the tying runs on base and struck out and grounded out to end threats. Manny Machado had an opportunity in the eighth against Reyes to tie the game and he too grounded out. The Padres are going to have to cash in on those kinds of opportunities if they want to push the series to a game three.
They will send righthander Zach Davies to the mound to face the Cardinals Thursday. He is familiar with the Cardinals as he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. He has faced the Cardinals 10 times prior, going 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA and an opponents’ batting average of .290. This season, Davies was 7-4 with a 2.73 ERA. In his last outing, he went three scoreless innings in a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants last Saturday.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of San Diego -165, while St. Louis currently sits at +140. The over/under on this game is 8.5. The Cardinals smell blood in the water and have the pitcher on their roster with the most postseason experience throwing to the catcher with the most postseason experience.
The Padres are going to feel a little tighter when they get to the ballpark as many of their players have never been in an elimination situation before. Advantage: Cardinals. Take the Redbirds for the series win in this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: St. Louis +140