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Padres vs. Cardinals MLB Pick – August 24th

We got a W last night as the Cubs hoisted the W Flag once again against division-patsy Cincinnati, winning easily by a score of 9-3. But no story last night in baseball comes even close to the wild game in Los Angeles. The Dodgers lost 1-0 in extra innings on a Josh Harrison walk off homerun, but that was far from the biggest news.

Rich Hill became the first pitcher in baseball history to lose a perfect game on a ninth inning error. Alas, he recovered and finished the ninth with no hits and no walks allowed. Unfortunately for him, the game wasn’t over, as his mates had failed to tally a run. On to the tenth we go… the Dodgers failed to score again, and Rich Hill came out for the tenth inning.

It would be a short stint. Harrison led off the inning with a homerun that cleared the super-short left field PNC wall with just a few inches to spare and the Dodgers, despite near-perfection from Rich Hill, went home stunning losers.

It was a wild game in PNC Park, and I can’t imagine the frustration of any of you with a little coin on the Dodger Blue last night. THAT is a bad beat…

Today’s MLB Pick:

San Diego Padres +205 vs. St. Louis Cardinals -220
Luis Perdomo (6-8, 4.93 ERA) vs. Carlos Martinez (10-9, 3.57 ERA)

The Padres aren’t known for the bats, but perhaps that isn’t fair. San Diego plays half their games in a notoriously pitcher-friendly ballpark, so I looked a little deeper into their lousy numbers. They rank DEAD last on away runs scored as well, and have an OPS 36 points lower than the league road average. That bodes well for Carlos Martinez tonight as he attempts to keep the Cardinals postseason dreams intact.

The Cardinals offense has been sizzling lately, scoring four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Padres look good over the last six, but only because of the 12 run explosion against St. Louis in the series opener. They have actually tallied one run in three of their last six games and just two in another. The odds of them being on the low-end are high.

That is where some value comes in on tonight’s runline for the Cardinals. The -220 to win is too steep for me, but a -115 runline is a nice value for a team that can score facing a team that can’t – especially considering St. Louis is throwing one of their best pitchers in starter Carlos Martinez.

Today’s MLB Pick: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS RUNLINE -1.5 (-115)

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