St. Louis Cardinals (31-29) at San Diego Padres (38-24)

Friday, October 02, 2020 at 7:08 pm

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At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the St. Louis Cardinals over the San Diego Padres.  Expectations were sky-high for Cards' RHP Jack Flaherty heading into the season, with some believing that the 24-year-old would be right in the middle of the Cy Young discussions.  But after a breakout 2019 campaign in which he finished fourth in the voting for the aforementioned pitching honor, Flaherty laid a big egg in the COVID-shortened 2020 season.  In nine starts, Flaherty went 4-3 with a 4.91 ERA.  And although his strikeout rate remained basically unchanged, his walk rate increased dramatically to a career-worst 3.6 per nine IP.  But all of that -- or a great chunk of it anyway -- will be forgotten if Flaherty can lead his team to victory tonight in the Wild Card finale.  Flaherty didn't face San Diego in 2020, but last season he threw five shutout innings in his only start against the Pads (his second overall start of 2019).  The Cards are 18-11 this season (+10 games on the moneyline), and 101-78 (+16 games on the moneyline) their last 179 off a loss, while the Padres are 75-94 (minus 18 games on the moneyline) off a win, and 40-49 (minus 11 games on the moneyline) at home, when priced from +125 to -125.  Take St. Louis.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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