Major League Baseball
Preview
San Diego at St. Louis
When: 2:15 PM ET, Saturday, July 4, 2015
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

After giving their fans a thrill throughout the majority of the season, the St. Louis Cardinals find themselves mired in a season-high four-game skid at Busch Stadium. The major league-best Cardinals look to ignite their sputtering offense as they play the third contest of a four-game series versus the visiting San Diego Padres on Saturday afternoon.

St. Louis, which has been outscored 16-6 during its skid, mustered only four hits in its 2-1 loss to San Diego on Friday. Jason Heyward scored his team's lone run on a double-play ball and is 9-for-23 (.391) in his last six contests. Jedd Gyorko belted a solo homer in the seventh inning and added an RBI single in the ninth for the Padres, who have won two in a row following a three-game slide. Gyorko is 4-for-15 (.267) since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday and 2-for-2 in his career versus Saturday starter Carlos Martinez.

TV: 2:15 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego, FSN Midwest (St. Louis)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres RH Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6, 4.94 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (9-3, 2.80)

Despaigne fell to 0-3 in his last five starts on Sunday after getting touched for two homers and five runs total in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-4 setback to Arizona. The 28-year-old Cuban struggled en route to losing both career starts versus St. Louis, permitting 11 runs on 15 hits in 9 2/3 frames for a 10.24 ERA. Despaigne has endured significant troubles on the road, posting a 1-3 record with a 5.66 ERA while allowing the opposition to bat .305 against him.

Martinez won his second straight start and improved to 6-1 in his last eight outings on Sunday after allowing one run on two hits in six innings of a 4-1 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. The 23-year-old Dominican can hang his hat on his impressive record during the day, posting a 3-0 mark with a 1.39 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while limiting the opposition to a .183 average. Martinez has struggled in three career relief appearances versus San Diego, avoiding a decision despite a 16.20 ERA while allowing the club to bat .556 against him.

WALK-OFFS

1. St. Louis 3B Matt Carpenter is 6-for-37 (.162) in his last 11 contests.

2. San Diego 1B Yangervis Solarte is 9-for-24 (.375) in last seven games.

3. Cardinals OF Jon Jay was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left wrist.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 4, Padres 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
San Diego 39-43 W2 18-22 21-21 5-6 9-6 21-21 4-10
St. Louis 51-28 L4 29-11 22-17 12-5 22-8 9-6 8-9
Last Meeting
San Diego St. Louis
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/3/15 SD 2 STL 1 .235 1 .639 .148 0 .406
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Diego J. Gyorko .333 3 1.111
St. Louis M. Carpenter .429 3 1.029
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Diego Y. Solarte 1 2 1
St. Louis M. Carpenter 0 2 1
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Diego 1.80 .219 16
St. Louis 2.70 .188 19
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
San Diego J. Upton .263 78 .789
St. Louis J. Peralta .301 89 .832
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
San Diego J. Upton 14 44 46
St. Louis J. Peralta 11 34 41
Pitching ERA Avg K
San Diego 4.03 .240 690
St. Louis 2.64 .261 644