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The St. Louis Cardinals will play host to the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. This NL matchup will be televised nationally on Fox and the opening pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET.

Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Atlanta (+130) is coming into this one as the underdog to St. Louis (-140) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 8.5 runs. The odds for betting on the games total sit at +100 for the under and -120 for the over. The games most recent runline odds stand at -170 for taking the Braves +1.5 runs and +150 for the Cardinals -1.5.

The Cardinals are 42-38 straight up (SU) and 39-40 against the spread (ATS). The teams lost 4.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.0 units (ATS). The Braves are 46-34 SU and have gone 42-36 ATS. In total, the teams accumulated 13.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.7 units ATS.

St. Louis games have an over/under record of 32-43-4 so far in 2018. Braves games have gone over 38 times, gone under 36 times and pushed on four instances.

Max Fried will get the start for the visiting Braves. The southpaw Fried (0-2, 4.09 ERA) has racked up 13 strikeouts in 11 innings so far. He has yet to face the Cardinals this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cardinals will turn to righty Luke Weaver (4-6, 4.59 ERA), who has 77 strikeouts and 32 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.39. Weaver did not record a start against the Braves in 2017.

As a unit, St. Louis pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.34, a WHIP of 1.23 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.1. The bullpen has a 4.13 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The St. Louis offense has produced 4.3 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .262/.337/.417 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Marcell Ozuna has helped lead the Cardinals offense this season with 10 home runs, 44 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

For the visitors, Atlanta’s pitching staff allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.40 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.56 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.09, along with a WHIP of 1.25 and a K-per-9 of 8.99.

Braves hitters have slashed .260/.331/.423 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game this year, including 5.6 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

Nick Markakis has sparked Atlanta’s hitters and is hitting .323/.389/.478 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs and 47 runs scored.

The Braves just took the previous game in this series by a final score of five runs to one.

Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in five of Atlanta’s last seven games.
  • The Braves have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games. The Cardinals have hit 13 over their last 10.
  • Atlanta has posted 26.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 24.2 over its last five.