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Game Preview: Cards Host Padres

Tonight at Busch, the upstart Cards look for their fourth straight victory when they take on the Padres in the third game of this four-game series.

The Pitching Matchup: Despite his struggles this season, Shelby Miller (8-9, 4.17 ERA) takes the mound against a team he’s fared well against this year. Just over two weeks ago, Miller picked up a win in San Diego by tossing six innings and allowing two runs, both of which came from solo homers by Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko. Overall, Miller has limited the Padres hitters to a .205 batting average, so he should be able to replicate his success against San Diego.

Shelby Miller
Shelby Miller

On the other side, rookie Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.52 ERA) will oppose Miller on the mound. While Hahn has allowed three runs, all from home runs, in each of his past two starts, he was stout against the Cards on July 30th. In that start, Hahn allowed one unearned run in seven innings pitched. To make matters worse for the Cards, Hahn possesses a 2.12 ERA on the road, so the Cards offense will have to perform above themselves if they hope to break through.

The Skinny: The advantage has to go to the Padres, as the pitching matchup unequivocally favors them and the Cards are not a streaky team, so for the Cards to win three straight in this series would be somewhat surprising. Nonetheless, the Cards have played smart baseball lately, so it’s possible that this team is turning the corner.