SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Monday.
The San Diego Padres will look to build on their 4-2 win over Pittsburgh in Sunday’s series finale. Manny Machado has a team-high 60 hits with 12 doubles, 8 home runs and 27 RBIs while Jurickson Profar also has 6 home runs and 22 RBIs. Eric Hosmer also has 53 hits with a .321 batting average and 9 doubles as well as 4 home runs and 24 RBIs this season. Jake Cronenworth and Trent Grisham each have a pair of triples as well this season. Nick Martinez will start here and is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season.
The St. Louis Cardinals will try to bounce back from their 8-0 loss at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers last time out. Nolan Arenado leads the Cards with 9 home runs along with 32 RBIs, 13 doubles, 45 hits and a .271 batting average while Tommy Edman has a .278 batting average and 49 hits with 3 triples, 4 home runs and 21 RBIs. Dylan Carlson has 9 doubles, Paul Goldschmidt has a team-high 62 hits, 16 doubles and a. 352 batting average with 10 home runs and a team-high 40 RBIs while Tyler O’Neill has 20 RBIs as well up to this point in the year. Packy Naughton will start here and is 0-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season.
San Diego is 12-2 in their last 14 series-opening games and 4-0 in their last 4 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games. St. Louis is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall.
I get the case to be made for the Cardinals in this one, but even in a starter role, I’m not sold on Packy Naughton at all. Nick Martinez isn’t the first pitcher I think about laying juice on the road with, even with the Padres, but the Cardinals I think will have a bit of a hangover here after getting beat up in their series finale against the Brewers on Sunday and the Padres are in a good spot at a decent price to open the set with a win here.