MLB gambling handicappers will have a crucial 4-game series to handicap that begins on Thursday and carries with it major MLB betting playoff implications.
The Padres have been holding on for dear life and a slim 1-game lead in the National League West Division over the San Francisco Giants with the red hot Colorado Rockies charging hard at 2.5-games off the pace and with 9 wins out of 10 games to start this month.
The 2nd place team in the NL West will have the inside track to the wild card spot. The Padres suffered a 10-game losing streak with the MLB gambling odds from August 26 through September 5 before winning 4 out of the next 6 games that followed.
San Diego has been a good road team with a mark of 38-30 and had the top ranked staff earned run average in the big leagues but ranked just 14th overall in quality starts. Offense remains a concern for San Diego as they ranked 20th overall for run production.
The St. Louis Cardinals ranked 4th overall in quality starts and staff earned run average and 14th for run production. The Cardinals were a tough 43-24 at home with just 26 of those 67 home games going over the total.
A big and surprising problem for St. Louis has been their overall sloppy play against the lesser teams as they were just 44-44 with the MLB betting lines in games against sub .500 teams.
St. Louis manager Tony LaRussa has been getting testier and irritated with reporters and media which has fueled speculation that he may leave after 15 years on the job. Yet he remains motivated to somehow make the playoffs.
“I’m totally into seeing if we can get to October,” said LaRussa. “I’m consumed by that.”
St. Louis has owned their head to head MLB gambling matchups with San Diego as they have beaten the Padres in 15 out of their last 20 matchups overall with 5 out of their last 7 meetings going under the total. San Diego has lost 9 consecutive games at St. Louis with the last 6 consecutive games going over the total.