Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

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The Atlanta Braves are taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NL Divisional Playoffs. The series is currently knotted up one game apiece, and this matchup will be televised on TBS. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET.

Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Las Vegas has Atlanta (-115) as the favorite over St. Louis (+105). You can play matchup’s total with current odds sitting at even money (+100) for over 8.5 runs and -120 for under 8.5. There’s a runline of Braves -1.5 (+130) and Cardinals +1.5 (-150) for this matchup.

The Braves have gone 98-66 SU across the regular season and postseason, and are 81-83 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 17.0 units for moneyline gamblers, despite having lost 2.6 units ATS. Atlanta is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Cardinals, on the other hand, are 92-72 SU and 86-78 ATS. The team has gained 4.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.5 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Cardinals games have had an over/under record of 68-84-12 in 2019. The Braves have an over/under record of 79-77-8.

Right-hander Mike Soroka will get the start for the visiting Braves. Soroka is 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 142 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with eight strikeouts and a 0.69 ERA against St. Louis this year (two starts).

The Cardinals are handing the ball to righty Adam Wainwright (14-10, 4.19 ERA), who has 153 punchouts and 64 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.43. Wainwright is 0-1 with two strikeouts and an 11.25 ERA in one start against Atlanta this year.

Fueled by a team slash line of .258/.329/.455, Atlanta has averaged 4.5 runs scored through two playoff games. St. Louis is hitting .286/.342/.414 over two games and the team has managed 3.5 runs in the 2019 playoffs.

The Cardinals bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 7.20 and a WHIP of 1.60, while Braves relievers have an 8.53 ERA and 2.37 WHIP.

Second baseman Ozzie Albies and left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. continue to lead Atlanta’s offense. Albies is slashing .293/.350/.495 with 24 home runs, 86 RBIs, 104 runs and 15 stolen bases, while Acuna Jr. (.282/.368/.525) is up to 42 homers, 103 RBIs, 128 runs and 37 stolen bases.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and second baseman Kolten Wong have led the Cardinals’ hitters this year. Goldschmidt is hitting .261/.347/.481 with 35 home runs, 98 RBIs and 99 runs scored, and Wong’s line is .284/.361/.422 with 11 homers, 61 RBIs, 61 runs and 24 steals.

The Braves just took Game 2 of the series by blanking the Cardinals 3-0.

Braves at Cardinals Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • Atlanta has recorded 13 extra-base hits over its last five contests. St. Louis has 15 XBH over its last five.
  • Atlanta has recorded 21.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 19.8 over its last five.
  • The Braves have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.
  • The Braves have a team OPS of .790 this season and an OPS of .793 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS sits at .740 overall and .737 versus righties.