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San Diego Looks To Stay Hot and Sweep St. Louis

The San Diego Padres are 4-1 in their last five games against the St. Louis Cardinals including wins in the first two games of this current series against the Cardinals on Friday and Saturday. The Padres will try to complete their series sweep against the Cardinals in San Diego this Sunday night.

St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego Padres
  • Date/Time: May 16, 7:08 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Petco Park
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Padres -145 | O/U 7  (Line History)
  • Cardinals vs Padres Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

The Padres opened as -145 favorites at home, but early action on the Cardinals has bumped the line down to San Diego -122. St. Louis is a +112 road underdog while the total in this contest has remained steady at seven runs. The Cardinals are 11-10 in 21 games as a betting underdog this season.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Kwang Hyun Kim is off to a strong start in 2021 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP through his first five starts. Kim has allowed exactly one run in each of his last four starts, but those starts have only lasted an average of five innings each. The Cardinals are a perfect 5-0 in the five games that Kim has taken the mound in this season.

Ryan Weathers has only pitched more than three innings twice in his eight appearances this season. The 21-year-old rookie has been virtually unhittable with a sensational 0.81 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP across 22.1 innings pitched. Weathers isn’t going to pitch deep into the game, but he can be relied on to pitch well in the innings he does work in.

St. Louis News & Notes

The Cardinals got off to a rough start on Saturday when they quickly fell into a 2-0 hole in the first inning and were trailing 6-0 by the end of the third inning. St. Louis eventually lost the game by a final score of 13-3, falling to 1-3 over the team’s last four games since going 4-0 over its previous four games. The offense has averaged only three runs per game over this current four-game slump.

Despite their recent skid, the Cardinals have opened up a three-game lead over their division rivals in the Central Division with a 23-17 record on the season. St. Louis ranks sixth in the National League in runs scored with 177 in 40 games played (4.43 runs per game).

San Diego News & Notes

Austin Nola went 3-for-5 with a run and six RBI to help fuel San Diego’s blowout win over the Cardinals on Saturday. The Padres are now 5-1 over their last six games and have averaged 7.33 runs per game over that six-game stretch while allowing only 2.5 runs per game.

San Diego’s recent surge is a testament to how deep of a team the Padres have. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and Eric Hosmer, Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo have also been forced into quarantine due to contact tracing. The Padres have managed to continue to win and produce runs despite having so many important bats out of the lineup.

Betting Pick: San Diego -122

San Diego’s makeshift lineup is hitting the ball well. With Ryan Weathers leading a bullpen day against this struggling Cardinals offense, look for the Padres to finish up the sweep on Sunday night.

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Shark Bites
  • St. Louis is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games.
  • San Diego is 19-13 in 31 games as a betting fave.
  • The OVER is 4-1 in the last 5 games in this matchup.