St Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres 7/31/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 7/30/2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014, 3:40 PM on FSMW, FSSD
PETCO Park, San Diego, California
St Louis Cardinals - Miller, S (7-8) vs. San Diego Padres - Despaigne, O (2-2)
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On Thursday, Shelby Miller (7-8) will be hoping to win his first game since June 7 when the St. Louis Cardinals go up against San Diego Padres rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (2-2).
Last Saturday, Shelby Miller pitched 5.2 innings against the Chicago Cubs on the road and ended up with a no decision. He allowed two earned runs on three base hits in that outing and struck out three batters while walking no one. Miller currently has a 4.20 ERA for the Cards and he has only been able to strike out 5.9 batters per nine innings.
Padres veteran Chris Denorfia has three hits in his four at-bats against Miller with a double and no strikeouts. First baseman Yonder Alonso is 1-for-5 against him with an RBI and a strikeout.
Odrisamer Despaigne made his sixth start of the season last week against the Atlanta Braves and ended up suffering his second loss. He could only make it through 3.2 innings in that start and allowed five runs (two earned) while walking a season-high five batters and striking out three. Despite that rough start, Despaigne still has a very solid 1.66 ERA and he's only given up one home run so far.
The Cardinals will be facing Despaigne for the first time on Thursday. They can expect to see a 91-92 mph fastball from the right-hander along with a curveball and a changeup.
St Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
St Louis Cardinals are 44-54-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for St Louis Cardinals is 0.1
San Diego Padres Betting Trends
San Diego Padres are 34-66-5 against the Over/Under
Run differential for San Diego Padres is -0.4
Injuries to Watch
St Louis Cardinals
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 15-day DL (6/21)
05/13/14 P Tyler Lyons Shoulder 15-day DL (5/12)
San Diego Padres
07/28/14 LF Carlos Quentin Knee 15-day DL (7/27)
07/28/14 P Ian Kennedy Oblique questionable
07/23/14 CF Cameron Maybin Suspension has been suspended for 25 games
07/02/14 SS Everth Cabrera Hamstring 15-day DL (7/1)
06/26/14 P Andrew Cashner Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
06/26/14 P Casey Kelly Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
06/19/14 1B Yonder Alonso Wrist 15-day DL (6/17)
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
Guy's Pick: Take St. Louis
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