Joe D'Amico's MLB CARDINALS/PADRES GAME 1 WINNER

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 5:08 pm

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Game 1 Cardinals at Padres: These two teams have not met in 2020, but going back a few seasons, San Diego has taken six of the last eight meetings with St. Louis. The Cardinals have scheduled Kwang Hyun Kim, who began the season as the teams closer and is making his first MLB playoffs start. To me, both items play a factor here. The 32-year old rookie has pitched well, going 3-0 , with a 1.62 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts). Pitching well in the regular season is one thing. But, making your postseason debut against the Padres in Petco is a whole different monster. The LH will most-likely face mainly RH sluggers here.

 San Diego possesses a dangerous lineup, ranking in the top-five in most categories and averaging over 5.42 RPG. I expect "KK" to feel the pressure and get into some early trouble.

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 The Padres, which want to make the most of their first postseason since 2006, are less fatigued than the perennial postseason Cardinals, which were forced to play 53 games in 44 days, including 11 doubleheaders.

 The struggling St. Louis offense is no match for Fernando Tatis Jr. and the mighty San Diego bats. PADRES  

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