The St. Louis Cardinals are climbing in the National League wild card race despite a spate of injuries that would end most teams’ playoff hopes. St. Louis will be monitoring the medical charts again Tuesday when they continue their four-game series against the host San Diego Padres, who were held to three hits in Monday’s 2-0 loss.
Infielder Matt Carpenter (shoulder tendinitis) and outfielder Tommy Pham (right shoulder soreness) both left Monday’s game with injuries, but the Cardinals won for the fifth time in their last seven games behind Carlos Martinez’s second career shutout. Outfielder Dexter Fowler (hip) and second baseman Kolten Wong (back) are also nursing injuries for St. Louis, which moved three games back of Colorado for the second NL wild card spot. The Padres are likely tired after playing five games over a stretch of 70 hours, but they’ve been encouraged by the recent play of first baseman Wil Myers, who has recorded multiple hits in three straight games for the first time this season. The rebuilding Padres could promote several minor league players this week - including outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who had 20 homers but was hitting .230 when he was sent to Triple-A El Paso last month.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), FSN San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Michael Wacha (10-7, 4.20 ERA) vs. Padres LH Travis Wood (3-4, 5.47)
Wacha snapped a three-game losing streak last Thursday, allowing one run on four hits over six frames in a 5-2 victory over San Francisco. The 26-year-old has gone 7-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 14 starts at home while posting a 3-4 mark and 5.16 ERA in 11 outings on the road. Wacha is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three career starts against San Diego, with both victories coming at Petco Park.
Wood belted his 10th career home run and received a no-decision last Wednesday after pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings against San Francisco. The 30-year-old native of Arkansas has a 1.61 ERA in four starts at Petco Park since being traded from Kansas City in late July. Yadier Molina is 15-for-45 with three homers against Wood, who is 6-6 with a 5.37 ERA in 31 career games (18 starts) against St. Louis.
1. The Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 meetings against the Padres.
2. Padres OF Jabari Blash has struck out in eight of his last nine plate appearances.
3. St. Louis INF Jedd Gyorko (hamstring) could be activated from the disabled list when eligible on Wednesday.
PREDICTION: Cardinals 6, Padres 4