San Diego Padres at St Louis Cardinals 8/14/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/13/2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 8:15 PM on FSSD, FSMW
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
San Diego Padres - Stults, E (5-13) vs. St Louis Cardinals - Lackey, J (1-1)
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On Thursday night, Eric Stults (5-13) will be going for his third win in a row when the San Diego Padres go up against John Lackey (1-1) and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Eric Stults had his second straight strong start last Saturday when he was able to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road. He gave up just one run in 6.1 innings of work in that game and walked no one while striking out six. He was able to lower his ERA to 4.76 with that win and he has only walked 2.3 batters per nine innings this year.
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday is 3-for-8 against Stults in his career and is the only Cardinal who has hit a home run off of him. Second baseman Mark Ellis is 6-for-13 against him with two doubles and an RBI.
Veteran starter John Lackey made his second start for the Cardinals last week and he ended up taking the loss against the Baltimore Orioles on the road. He gave up a whopping nine runs on five innings that day while striking out three and walking two. He has given up 157 hits in 149.1 innings this season and he currently owns a 3.98 ERA.
Padres outfielder Seth Smith has two hits in his five at-bats against Lackey with a double, a triple and an RBI. Will Venable is 1-for-2 against him with a home run and two RBI.
San Diego Padres Betting Trends
San Diego Padres are 41-71-5 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for San Diego Padres is -0.1
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 52-59-6 against the Over/Under
Run differential for St Louis Cardinals is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
San Diego Padres
08/12/14 SS Everth Cabrera Hamstring questionable
07/28/14 LF Carlos Quentin Knee 15-day DL (7/27)
07/23/14 CF Cameron Maybin Suspension has been suspended for 25 games
06/26/14 P Andrew Cashner Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
06/26/14 P Casey Kelly Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
06/14/14 P Troy Patton Shoulder 60-day DL (6/14)
05/22/14 P Robbie Erlin Elbow 60-day DL (5/18)
03/28/14 P Cory Luebke Elbow 60-day DL (3/7)
03/28/14 P Joe Wieland Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Josh Johnson Elbow 60-day DL (3/21); out for season
St Louis Cardinals
08/08/14 P Jason Motte Back 15-day DL (8/1)
07/10/14 C Yadier Molina Thumb 15-day DL (7/9)
07/06/14 P Jaime Garcia Shoulder 60-day DL (6/24), out for season
06/23/14 P Michael Wacha Shoulder 60-day DL (6/21)
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
Guy's Pick: Take San Diego
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