The St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres are set to meet each other in what should be a great Saturday night game. Currently, San Diego is the favorite at -1.5.

San Diego comes into this game with a 41-40 record. They are 22-20 at home. They have a 23-24 record as the favorite while St. Louis has a 12-15 record as the underdog. St. Louis has a better record ATS at 41-38, and they also have a better record ATS away at 20-17.

Head-to-head, these two teams have been fighting tooth and nail over the last 10 games against each other. They are even in runs with 3.50 per game. St. Louis has the edge in hits with 8.40. In the meantime, the Padres have 3.80 walks and 9.40 strikeouts.

Hudson Tries To Stay Hot

Dakota Hudson has not lost a start since May 12. That should tell you the type of run he has been on of late. He has won seven starts in a row, and his last one was an absolute beauty.

On June 22 against the Angels, he pitched seven innings, giving up five hits, a home run, and striking out six batters. He faced 27 batters on 112 pitches. With a win, he improved to 6-3 on the year with a 3.36 ERA.

He only has experience with one San Diego hitter, and that is the ever-dangerous Manny Machado. Fortunately for Hudson, he has been able to tame the skilled hitter. In two at-bats, Machado has not collected a hit. Hudson needs to make sure he keeps the ball down and does not give Machado anything to hit. If he does, it could be a long night.

Paddack looks to build

Chris Paddack has been somewhat of a mystery for San Diego. He has electric stuff, but he also has struggled at times this season. He was recalled to the majors last week and made his debut against Pittsburgh last Saturday.

He performed decently in his first start back from the minor leagues. In five innings, he gave up five hits and two earned runs, walking three, and striking out one batter. On 85 pitches, he certainly was able to build off some of the things he accomplished in his previous start.

He has faced the Cardinals a couple of times, and they have struggled to see him to this point. They carry a .091 average into Saturday’s game. The only hitter who has success against him on the St. Louis side is catcher Yadier Molina. In two at-bats, he has one hit.

This is not exactly a great team to make a second start against. They have many ways they can beat and attack you. Paddock will have to focus on not getting rattled and making sure he locates all of his pitches properly.

Prediction

I would take St. Louis in this one. Hudson has been on a roll on the mound, and the Cardinals offense is due for yet another big game. Although the Padres should give them trouble on Saturday, I believe they will come out with the victory. Make sure to take St. Louis -1.5 in this evening contest.