The Cardinals are almost out of the playoff picture and they simply can’t afford to be losing any games against the MLB betting odds.
Under the Radar Pitcher for San Diego – You probably have not heard of Tim Stauffer but he has been great lately for San Diego. He is 4-3 on the season and he has a 1.54 ERA. He has been so good that he is now in the starting rotation for the Padres for the rest of the season and in the playoffs if San Diego makes it. Stauffer is 1-1 in his last 10 innings pitched with a 2.61 ERA. He has had his problems against the Cardinals in his career although mostly in relief. He has thrown just over 13 innings and has a 0-3 record with an ERA over ten.
No Confidence in Jake Westbrook – The Cardinals are stuck with Jake Westbrook on Thursday. He is 7-10 on the season with a 4.41 ERA. He is 0-1 with a 3.32 ERA in his last three starts. He has pitched well against the Padres in his career but it is only eight innings of work. He is 1-1 in his career against San Diego with a 1.08 ERA.
Padres Sizzle vs. the NL Central – One reason the Padres might make the playoffs is their great record against the NL Central. They are 36-17 in their last 53 vs. the National League Central. The Padres are 7-2 in Stauffer’s last 9 starts. The big concern in this series if you like the Padres is that they are 8-31 against the MLB betting odds at sbgglobal in the last 39 meetings in St. Louis.
St. Louis has not played well recently but they are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. the National League West. The Cardinals are 1-4 in Westbrook’s last 5 starts.
Over/Under Numbers – The Over is 6-2-1 in the Padres last 9 road games. The under is 4-0 in Stauffer’s last 4 road starts. The under is 8-0 in baseball betting in Stauffer’s last 8 starts overall. The Over is 6-1 in the Cardinals last 7 overall. The Over is 5-2-1 in Westbrook’s last 8 starts overall. The Over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in St. Louis between the two teams.