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|St. Louis Cardinals (31-16) 130, 8 at San Diego Padres (24-23), 10 p.m. Eastern
by Ultimatecapper.com Staff
The first-place St. Louis Cardinals visit the San Diego Padres this weekend in a rematch of an 2005 NL divisional playoff series.
St. Louis has won 7 of its last 8 games and sits atop the NL Central, 4 games clear of 2nd-place Cincinnati.
San Diego has lost 5 of its last 6 games and sits in a tie for last place in the NL West, 3 ½ games back of division-leading Arizona.
San Diego won the regular-season series with St. Louis last year 4 games to 3, with the o/u going 4-2-1. But the Cards swept the Padres in 3 games in the NL playoffs.
The Cardinals are 13-9 on the road this season, 30-14 as favorites.
The Padres are just 11-14 at home this season, but 15-10 as underdogs.
St. Louis Suppan (5-3, 4.50) has suffered one real bombing this season, but other than that has been pretty good. Suppan has given up 9 ER and 25 H+W in his last 17 2/3 IP.
In one start vs. San Diego last year, Suppan allowed 3 ER and 9 H+W in 5 2/3 IP.
The Padres Clay Hensley (2-3, 4.37) has given up 10 ER and 23 H+W in his last 20 IP. Hensley has never started a game vs. St. Louis.
The o/u is 5-3 in Suppans starts this season, 3-4 in Hensleys starts.
The Cardinals own a .351 team OBP this season, 3rd-best in the NL, and average 5.2 RPG. St. Louis has scored 30 runs in its last 4 games, all of which went over the posted totals.
San Diego owns a measly .319 team OBP, 3rd-worst in the league, and averages 4.6 RPG.
The Cardinals bullpen has allowed 11 ER and 24 H+W in its last 15 2/3 IP.
The San Diego pen has given up 5 ER and 17 H+W in its last 14 2/3 innings of work.
The o/u is 24-22 in Cardinals games this season, 24-20 in Padres games, and 12-11 at Petco Park.
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