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San Diego Padres vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction & Preview



#967 St. Louis
Cardinals 160
#968 San Diego
Padres -160

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5:05pm

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Thursday evening on the MLB diamond and we will see the National League Central square off with the National League West as the San Diego Padres host the St Louis Cardinals at Petco Park in San Diego, California. It is game two of their best-of-three Wildcard Playoff series. These teams did not meet during the regular season. The Cardinals won game one of this series by a score of 7-4.

Pitching Probables: Getting the nod for the Cardinals will be Adam Wainwright and he will be opposed by Zach Davies.


The Cards Surprise In game one

The St Louis Cardinals were a mediocre team down the stretch as they went just 4-4 in their final eight games, but that didn't stop them from grabbing a huge win in game one of this best-of-three series. The Cards are one win away from moving to the next round of the playoffs after topping the Padres 7-4 on Wednesday. St Louis was a pretty decent dog in the contest, but that didn't stop them either, and they are now 16-13 on the road for the year. The offense has not been great this year, but the Cards did hang up seven runs in game one. Leading their attack wasPaul Goldschmidtand Matt Carpenter, who each had two RBIs while Yadier Molina had three hits and an RBI. Goldschmidt had their only homer of the game, and it was his first since September 13th and 7th of the year. Snatching up the win was Giovanny Gallegos, who pitched 1.1 innings of shutout ball. Kwang-Hyun Kim got the start and allowed three ERs on five hits and three walks in 3.2 innings.


Toeing the rubber for the Cardinals will be Adam Wainwright, and he has gone 5-3 with a 3.15 ERA in 10 starts on the year, including 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts on the road. Wainwright is off a 3-0 home loss to the Brewers, in which he allowed three ERs on eight hits and a walk in 6.2 innings of work. In his career, he has gone 77-49 with a 3.96 ERA in 194 games (159 starts) on the road and 34-15 with a 3.42 ERA in 75 games (59 starts) during Sept/ Oct, plus 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) against the Padres, including 1-4 with a 3.03 ERA in six games (five starts) against them here at Petco Park. Wainwright hs gone 4-5 with a 2.81 ERA in 27 games (14 starts) in the postseason over his career.


Paddack Gets Rocked In Padres' Return To The Playoffs

For the first time since 2016, the San Diego Padres are in the postseason, but they did not get off to a good start after losing game one of this series 7-4. In his last start, Chris Paddack allowed five ERs in 3.2 innings against the Giants, and he followed that up by allowing six ERs on eight hits in 2.1 innings in the loss on Wednesday. Paddack now has an ERA of 16.5o over his last two starts. Yikes. It was a rather stunning win as the Padres finished the season with three straight wins, and they were 20-10 at home during the season overall. San Diego's first trip to the postseason in a while could be a short trip if they can't figure out how to get their offense and pitching on the same page in this one. Leading their attack on Wednesday was Austin Nola, who drove in two of their four runs. The Padres did not have a home run in the game.


Taking the hill for the Padres will be Zach Davies, and he has gone 7-4 with a 2.73 ERA in 12 starts on the year, including 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA in five starts here at home. Davies is off a 6-2 no-decision against the Giants, and he allowed no runs and just three hits in 3.0 innings of work in the contest. In his career, he has gone 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA in nine starts here at Petco Park and 9-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 30 starts during Sept/ Oct, plus 2-3 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 starts against the Cardinals. Davies has pitched one scoreless inning in his career in the postseason. That came back in 2018 when he was a member of the Dodgers.

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