St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Free Pick

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The St. Louis Cardinals will be taking on the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the MLB Divisional Playoffs. The series is currently knotted up two games apiece, and this winner-take-all matchup will be televised on TBS. The game gets underway 5:02 p.m. ET.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Odds

Bookmakers have St. Louis (+100) as the underdog to Atlanta (-110). The total currently stands at 8 runs and bettors can play the over for -105 and the under for -115. This game currently has a runline of Cardinals +1.5 (-210) and Braves -1.5 (+175).

Including the regular season, the Cardinals have gone 93-73 SU this year and are 86-80 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle a whole lot this year, gaining 4.5 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 2.0 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Braves, on the other hand, are 99-67 SU and 83-83 ATS. The team’s gained 17.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 0.4 units ATS. Atlanta has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Atlanta games have an over/under record of 80-78-8 in 2019. St. Louis has been a great under bet with a total record of 69-85-12.

Jack Flaherty will get the nod for St. Louis. The right-handed Flaherty is 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 13 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA against Atlanta this year (two starts).

The Braves are putting the ball in the right hand of Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), who has 105 strikeouts and 37 walks. Foltynewicz is 1-1 with 11 strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA across two starts against St. Louis this year.

Behind a team slash line of .243/.299/.419, the Cardinals have scored 3.3 runs per game through four postseason outings. The Braves are hitting .235/.320/.404 over four games and the team has put up 4.0 runs during this year’s playoffs.

The Braves bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 4.91 and a WHIP of 1.77, while Cardinals relievers have a 5.40 ERA and 1.71 WHIP.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and second baseman Kolten Wong have paced St. Louis’ hitters. Goldschmidt is hitting .264/.350/.491 with 36 home runs, 99 RBIs and 101 runs scored, while Wong is hitting .281 with 11 homers, 61 RBIs, 62 runs and 24 steals.

The Braves’ batters have been led by second baseman Ozzie Albies and outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr.. Albies is slashing .294/.351/.498 with 25 home runs, 89 RBIs, 105 runs and 15 steals, and Acuna Jr.’s line is .285/.371/.530 with 42 homers, 103 RBIs, 128 runs and 37 steals.

The Cardinals just took Game 4 of the series by a score of five runs to four.

Cardinals vs. Braves MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • Both offenses have logged 19 extra-base hits over their last five games.
  • St. Louis has posted 22.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 21.2 over its last five.
  • The Cardinals have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games. The Braves have hit 10 over their last 10.
  • The Cardinals have an OPS of .738 this season and an OPS of .734 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Braves’ OPS sits at .789 overall and .792 against righties.