Cardinals vs Padres Series Odds: Albert Pujols is two homers shy of 700, helping the Cardinals to an NL Central crown, while the Brewers cling to Wild Card hopes.
Before diving deeper into our Cardinals vs Padres series odds preview let’s look at some of the relevant trends that may give us an edge when throwing down our cash over the next three days. This is a series that has been defined by home-field advantage.
The Cardinals have won six straight meetings at Busch Stadium, but at Petco Park, the Cards have dropped five straight. The over is 6-1-1 in their last eight games in San Diego.
- Game: St. Louis Cardinals (87-61) at San Diego Padres (81-66)
- Location: Petco Park, San Diego, California
- Television: BSMW, BSSD
History Likely to Be Made this Week
This is the way it should be. Albert Pujols was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 draft. He signed his first Major League Baseball contract for $200,000 in 2001, a 1-year deal. That season Pujols started his 22-year career by smashing 37 homers while taking the Rookie of the Year and finishing fourth in the race for the MVP. He is the only player in baseball history to hit 400+ HRs in his first 10 seasons. After stops in California with the Angels and Dodgers, the 42-year-old is back with the organization he shouldn’t have left to begin with but maybe it was his time away that inspired the 3-time MVP to go out swinging.
Continuing our Cardinals vs Padres series odds preview: The MLB standings 2022 season show five other teams with better overall records but the question remains, can Albert help deliver the 12th World Series title in franchise history?
Fellow future hall of Famer, Adam Wainwright gets the start for Oliver Marmol’s team. The Cardinals are 17-12 when Wainwright is on the bump, giving bettors 235 units of profit. Since 2013, the Cardinals have been one of the best wagers in Major League Baseball when Wainwright gets the start, winning 152 of 234 games while producing a profit of 4,146 units.
Padres Finding Traction after Spinning Wheels since Deadline
It seems like the Padres should be securely in a playoff spot, but with 15 games to go, the postseason is still not a guarantee. It’s been well documented the splash that the Padres made at the deadline with the acquisition of Josh Bell, Juan Soto, and Josh Hader. Bell has hit just .203 in 40 games, Hader has an ERA of 10.97, and Soto is hitting 67 points below his .287 career average. This is not what the Padres paid for.
At 24-20 since August 1st, you could make an argument that the Friars were better before the moves the Padres odds to win World Series 2022 are currently 20/1, 10th in baseball. This match-up could be a preview of the first round of the postseason so expect three games that will go down to the late innings.
Bob Melvin will send Mike Clevinger to the mound, hoping to slow down the Cards who outscored the Padres 14-7 in their last series in early June. If San Diego somehow fails to make the postseason, it would be because the schedule wasn’t kind. The Friars play 12 of their last 15 at Petco Park.
Interesting Story Being Told by Early Betting Patterns
The Padres (-113, 8 u -118) are a slight favorite in game one. The send-out number was around -130 which was quickly adjusted by the bookmakers. Early money indicates that the public is undecided on a series that means so much to both.
83% of all run-line wagers are on the Padres but 78% of Moneyline dollars bets are coming in on the Cards. This is an example of the squares feeling like they need some insurance with the home team, while the pros know St. Louis is the stronger squad with practically an even money opportunity.
To wind down our Cardinals vs Padres series odds preview, our recommendation is to take the over throughout the series. In the Cardinals, last 9 games against the National League West, the over is 7-2 to go with a solid 7-3 record following a loss. Over wagers have cashed five straight times at Petco and seven of 10 when the Padres play a team with a winning record at home.Follow us on Twitter