Series Preview 7/18-21: Padres vs. Cardinals

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This week, the Cardinals and Padres will play four games in St. Louis, the teams’ final meeting of the season.

In the first game of the four-game set, Mike Leake will hurl for the Cardinals. Leake last started on July 10 — the final game of the first half — and held the Brewers to one earned run in his seven-inning outing. Scheduled to start for the Padres is Christian Friedrich, whose last outing came on July 10, as well. The left-handed Friedrich took on the Dodgers and held them to one earned run through five innings.

Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals in the second game of the series. Martinez last pitched on July 9 against the Brewers. In the outing, Martinez held Milwaukee to one earned run through five innings and recorded eleven strikeouts. Colin Rea is scheduled to start for San Diego. Rea took on the Diamondbacks in his last start and surrendered four runs on eight hits in just under five frames.

The third game of the four-game series will feature Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. Garcia faced the Marlins his last time out and allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings. The Padres will counter with Andrew Cashner. Cashner took on San Francisco in his last start and held the Giants to one run in six innings while whiffing nine batters.

The finale of the four game series is set to have Adam Wainwright taking the hill for the Cardinals. Wainwright threw a complete-game shutout against the Marlins on Saturday, one where he allowed a mere three hits. Hurling for the Padres will be Luis Perdomo, a former minor leaguer in the Cardinals’ farm system. Perdomo battled the Giants in his most recent start and was pulled with two outs in the fifth after allowing three runs.

Who’s hot?

Padres: Alexei Ramirez, shortstop. Ramirez has recorded seven hits in his last 24 at-bats and is riding a .458 slugging percentage over his last seven games.

Cardinals: Stephen Piscotty, right fielder. Piscotty is batting .321 over his last seven games with two homers and seven runs driven in.

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