St. Louis Cardinals (87-61, first in NL Central) vs. San Diego Padres (81-66, second in NL West)
San Diego; Tuesday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
LIKELY TO PITCH: Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (11-9, 3.29 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 137 strikeouts); Padres: Mike Clevinger (5-7, 4.47 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 83 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Padres -120, Cardinals +100; over/under is 7 1/2 points
BOTTOM LINE: The San Diego Padres host the St. Louis Cardinals to start a three-game series.
San Diego is 81-66 overall and 38-31 at home. The Padres batters have a collective .318 on-base percentage, fourth in the NL.
St. Louis is 36-34 in road games and 87-61 overall. The Cardinals are 23-15 in games decided by one point.
Tuesday’s game is the fourth time these teams have met this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Juan Soto has 22 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 58 RBIs while hitting .239 for the Padres. Jake Cronenworth is 10 for 39 with a double and two homers in the last 10 games.
Paul Goldschmidt has 39 doubles, 35 home runs and 112 RBIs for the Cardinals. Albert Pujols is 7 for 31 with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Padres: 6-4, .239 batting average, 4.04 ERA, same run differential
Cardinals: 6-4, .210 batting average, 3.36 ERA, outscored by two runs
INJURIES: Padres: Drew Pomeranz: 60-day HE (elbow), Austin Adams: 60-day HE (forearm)
Cardinals: Jordan Hicks: IL 15 days (neck), Tyler O’Neill: IL 10 days (hamstring), Drew VerHagen: IL 60 days (hip), Alex Reyes: IL 60 days (shoulder)