St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego Padres Prediction MLB Picks 4/2/24

San Diego Padres (3-3) vs St. Louis Cardinals (1-3)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 9:40 pm (Petco Park)

Yu Darvish (0-0) (1.04) vs Miles Mikolas (0-1) (10.38)

Betting Odds: San Diego Padres -135 / St. Louis Cardinals +124 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals Giants will meet for game two of their three-game set this Tuesday from Petco Park. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Cardinals vs Padres Prediction.

St. Louis Cardinals Preview

St. Louis comes in at 2-3 after defeating San Diego on Monday, 6-2. The Cardinals used a fast start to take game one, and they’ll look to double down here on the road. St. Louis is batting .213, while scoring 5.0 runs per game, with a team ERA of 5.23.

Projected Starter

Miles Mikolas (0-1, 10.38 ERA) will take the mound for St. Louis. The veteran pitcher’s season debut versus the Dodgers went as you’d expect, as he gave up five runs in 4.1 innings, en route to a losing decision. Mikolas has been known to pick things up as the season grows, so while we should see improvements over the next two months, a second straight road start could prove to be troubling.  

St. Louis Cardinals Player Props

  • Nolan Arenado has recorded at least one Single in seven of his last eight road appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Paul Goldschmidt has recorded at least one RBI in five of his last six appearances with the Cardinals as underdogs against NL opponents.
  • Miles Mikolas has recorded four or more strikeouts in each of his last four appearances.

San Diego Padres Preview

San Diego enters at 3-4 after losing to St. Louis last night, 6-2. The Pads couldn’t match the Cards' energy early on, and they’ll attempt to bounce back here in game two. San Diego is batting .281, while scoring 4.8 runs per game, with a team ERA of 6.29.

Projected Starter

Yu Darvish (0-0, 1.04 ERA) will get the start for San Diego. The 5x All-Star has been stout thru two starts, and he pitched very well in his last outing versus San Francisco, striking out seven over five innings of one-run ball. Darvish has yet to sneak into the win column, but he’s done his part, and he’ll be due if he delivers another strong outing here against St. Louis.  

San Diego’s Player Props

  • Xander Bogaerts has scored at least one run in 10 of the Padres' last 11 games as favorites against NL opponents.
  • Jake Cronenworth has recorded a win in each of his last six appearances at Petco Park.
  • Fernando Tatis has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last four appearances in night games against NL teams that held a losing record.
  • Yu Darvish has recorded seven or more strikeouts in 10 of his last 11 appearances with his team as a home favorite against NL Central opponents.

St. Louis Team Facts 

  • The Cardinals have lost seven of their last eight road games against NL West opponents following a win.

San Diego Team Facts

  • The Padres have won each of their last six home games against NL Central opponents following a home loss.

St. Louis vs San Diego Prediction 

San Diego didn’t respond well to St. Louis’ early offense last night, but Yu Darvish set to go, this contest should flow a lot differently for the hosts. Even without Juan Soto, the Padres still possess one of the stronger lineups in the NL, and I believe they’ll fare well against Miles Mikolas, who’s always been a little shaky on the road. Darvish’s early season form is trustworthy here at home, so let’s back San Diego for game two this Tuesday. 

Corey’s Pick San Diego ML

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