San Diego Padres starting pitcher Ryan Weathers throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
- The San Diego Padres are -124 home favorites over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night at Petco Park
- Kwang Hyun Kim (1-0, 2.74 ERA) will pitch for the Cardinals against Ryan Weathers (2-1, 0.81) in a matchup of left-handers
- Analysis of Cardinals-Padres along with a pick can be found below
Despite having a roster depleted by COVID-19, the San Diego Padres will look to sweep a three-game series from the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals at 7:05pm ET Sunday at Petco Park.
In a matchup of left-handers, rookie Ryan Weathers (2-1, 0.81 ERA) will pitch for San Diego against Kwang Hyun Kim (1-0, 2.74).
The Padres (23-17) have won five of their last six games despite having first baseman Eric Hosmer, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., right fielder Wil Myers and utility players Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo on the COVID-19 injured list.
The Cardinals (23-17) have dropped three of their last four games.
Cardinals vs Padres Odds
|Team||Moneyline at FanDuel||Runline||Total|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+106||+1.5 (-210)||Over 7 (-105)|
|San Diego Padres||-124||-1.5 (+172)||Under 7 (-115)|
Odds as of May 15th.
Kim Consistent for Cardinals
A native of South Korea, Kim will be pitching on the West Coast for the first time during the regular season in his two-year MLB career. That should spark a fair share of media and fan interest.
Though Kim started the season on the injured list after being slowed by back problems in spring training, he has been outstanding. Kim has allowed one run in each of his last four starts after giving up three runs in three innings to the Philadelphia Phillies on April 17 in his season debut.
Kwang-hyun Kim K in the second #stlfly🇰🇷 pic.twitter.com/wwyGE2SldE
— cardinalsgifs (@cardinalsgifs) May 12, 2021
Kim did not factor in the decision last time out Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, despite allowing just the one run in 5.1 innings. He struck out six while surrendering five hits and one walk.
Kim has been a great bargain for the Cardinals since being signed to a two-year, $8-million contract as a free agent following 13 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. He is unbeaten in his MLB career at 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 13 games, all but one a start.
In last year’s National League Wild Card Series, Kim faced the Padres and allowed three runs in 3.2 innings of a no-decision.
Padres Career Stats vs Kim
Kim will be facing a Padres offense that is rolling despite missing so many key players. San Diego has scored at least five runs in five of its last six games and is averaging 7.3 in that span.
Weathers Starting Again
Weathers will be making his first start since April 28 when he left a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix because of arm fatigue.
Since then, Weathers has had a pair three-inning relief appearances, allowing one run combined in six innings. His latest outing was last Sunday against the Giants when he got the win, allowing no runs and one hit, striking out three and walking one.
Overall, Weathers has been charged with just two earned runs in 22.2 innings this season.
Ryan Weathers was dealing 👀
5 2/3 IP
6 K pic.twitter.com/WtQpxMPfeV
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 23, 2021
Weathers made his MLB debut against the Cardinals in last year’s wild card round. He appeared once in relief and worked 1.1 shutout innings.
Cardinals Career Stats vs Weathers
The Cardinals have struggled offensively on their road trip, scoring just 16 runs in five games. However, third baseman Nolan Arenado has had a good trip as he has gone 8-for-21 (.381) with two doubles and two home runs.
The Nola Show
The Padres rolled to a 13-3 victory on Saturday night as Austin Nola homered, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs. Tommy Pham and rookie Ha-Seong Kim also connected off Adam Wainwright.
All Austin.#HungryForMore x @BudSelect pic.twitter.com/PcT0jQxo95
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 16, 2021
Nola hit a three-run homer off Wainwright in the third, an RBI double off Tyler Webb in the sixth and a two-run single off infielder Matt Carpenter, who was summoned to pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Carpenter also pitched the scoreless eighth, allowing a single and hitting a batter.
Yadier Molina, Arenado and Harrison Bader homered for the Cardinals.
A total of 25 runs have been scored in the first two games of the series and betting the low over total seems like the way to go here.
The Pick: Over 7 (-105)
John Perrotto has been covering and writing about sports for various outlets for over 40 years. His work has appeared in the likes of USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com, Forbes.com, The Associated Press, Baseball Digest, and more. John is based out of Beaver Falls, PA.