St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres 9/30/20 MLB Wild Card Picks and Predictions

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St. Louis Cardinals (30-28) at San Diego Padres (37-23)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:08 pm (Petco Park)

Kwang Hyun Kim (3-0) (1.62) vs. Chris Paddack (4-5) (4.73)

The Line: San Diego Padres -167 / St. Louis Cardinals +154 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Cardinals face the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, September 30th at Petco Park for game one of the National League Wild Card series. 

The number four seed Padres will take on the number five seed Cardinals in the NL Wild Card series starting on Wednesday evening. The Padres ended the regular season with a record of 37-23, which earned them second place in the NL West. The Padres ended their long playoff drought with an exceptional season, owning a 14 games above .500 record. The Padres were led by their young and flashy offense, with players like Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado leading the way. 

The St. Louis Cardinals earned second place in the NL Central division with a 30-28 record. Despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak in the organization early in the season, the Cardinals were still able to put together a successful regular season, earning yet another postseason berth. The Cardinals will enter this series as sizable underdogs but are more than capable of turning some heads. 

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The St. Louis Cardinals are set to bring left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim to the mound to face the Padres in game one of this series. Kim finished the regular season with a 3-0 record and a 1.62 ERA through 39.0 innings of work. Kim was very sharp in his first season in the MLB, and he will make his postseason debut in this game. 

The San Diego Padres will send right-hander Chris Paddack to the bump for game one of the series. Paddack went 4-5 with a 4.73 ERA during the regular season for the Padres. It was not the sharpest sophomore season for Paddack, but he is the type of pitcher that could catch fire in a small sample size like a postseason run. Paddack will be crucial for the Padres during the playoffs, especially here in game one. 

In game one of this series, I am going to take the Cardinals as the road underdogs. At +154 odds on the money line, I think the Cards hold a ton of value in this spot. As stated before, Paddack has not been the sharpest this season, and I think he will struggle in this game at home. I think the Cardinals are worth the shot here. 

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Ron’s Pick St. Louis Cardinals +154

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