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The Cardinals and Padres will be meeting up this weekend for their first series since late August of last season.
In the first game of the series, the Padres will send Andrew Cashner to the mound. Cashner’s last start, his third of the season, came against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cashner turned in six solid innings for San Diego, allowing just one run on four hits and two walks. In each of his three starts this season, Cashner has struck out five batters. Adam Wainwright will toe the rubber for St. Louis. Wainwright has not been himself in three starts in 2016. Wainwright has logged a total of 16 1/3 innings those starts and allowed fifteen earned runs. More unlike him is high walk rate. Wainwright has walked nine batters thus far; in 227 innings in 2014, Wainwright walked 50.
San Diego’s initial expected starter for the middle game of the series, lefty Robbie Erlin, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a left-elbow strain, adding on to the Padres’ injury complications early in the season. Leonel Campos was recalled from Triple-A, but he is a relief pitcher. Likely options to start are Brad Hand and Carlos Villanueva, both relievers for the Padres this season but have a few starts under their belts. The Cardinals will give the ball to Michael Wacha. In his most recent outing, Wacha faced the Reds and limited them to one earned run on seven hits through six innings. Wacha only needed 80 pitches to get through six frames, contrary to the outing before that when he needed upwards of 90 to do as such. Worthy of noting, though, is that Wacha struck out two fewer batters compared to the outing before that.
Collin Rea will take the ball in the series finale for San Diego. Rea’s last start was against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rea held the Bucs to three runs on seven hits and three walks through five innings. Worthy of noting is Rea’s elevated strikeout rate. In 31 2/3 innings last season, the right hander struck out 26 batters. In 16 1/3 innings this season, Rea already has sixteen Ks to his credit. Starting for the Cardinals will be Mike Leake. Leake is coming off of a fine start against the Chicago Cubs, the kind of start that a box score can’t explain. Leake pitched seven innings for the Cardinals and allowed three runs on six hits. Leake did not receive a sufficient amount of run support, however, and was charged with the game’s loss.
STL: Yadier Molina, catcher. St. Louis’s catcher is hitting .345 this season and is 9-for-22 in his last seven games with three doubles and a triple.
SD: Matt Kemp, outfielder. The Padres’ right fielder has four hits in his last nineteen at-bats, including two home runs. In the same stretch, Kemp has three RBIs.
STL: Kolten Wong, second baseman. Wong has three hits in his previous 25 at-bats with no extra-base hits and five strikeouts.
SD: Adam Rosales, third baseman. Rosales has split time with Yangervis Solarte at the hot corner this season. In his previous eighteen at-bats, Rosales has three hits and seven strikeouts.