After being handcuffed during Tuesday’s contest, the light-hitting San Diego Padres will look to salvage the finale of their three-game series versus the hostSt. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. San Diego will send Jeff Suppan to the mound to face his former team, with which he won the 2006 World Series and also competed with in 2010.
Adam Wainwright struck out nine in a complete-game gem and Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs as St. Louis breezed to a 4-0 triumph on Tuesday. Matt Holliday had an RBI double and Daniel Descalso scored twice for the Cardinals, who have won two in a row after dropping eight of their previous 10 games. San Diego is a league-worst 4-12 on the road this season.
Padres Cardinals Betting
When: 8:15 PM ET, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FSSD (San Diego), FSMW (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Jeff Suppan (2-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Lance Lynn (6-1, 2.31 ERA)
Suppan will attempt to snap a two-game losing skid against a club which he has gained considerable success. The 37-year-old is 7-4 in his career versus the Cardinals. Suppan struggled in his last outing, yielding five walks to more than double his season total in that regard. He allowed four runs and six hits in five innings in a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
After winning his first six starts, Lynn has found the going a little tougher over his last two outings. The 25-year-old permitted season highs in both runs (four) and hits (nine) in his last outing, but settled for a no-decision in St. Louis’ 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Lynn has yet to face San Diego in his young career.
1. St. Louis reliever Kyle McClellan received word from Dr. James Andrews that he will not require surgery for his ailing right elbow. Instead, McClellan is suffering from a flexor pronator strain and a mild tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.
2. San Diego third baseman Chase Headley is nursing a lower back issue, causing him to miss just his second game in 42 contests this season. He is questionable for Wednesday’s contest.
3. Holliday has enjoyed considerable success versus Suppan, going 8-for-14 with five extra-base hits – including three homers.