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The St. Louis Cardinals are playing host to the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium. Fox Sports Midwest will broadcast this NL matchup and the game gets going at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals Odds

Vegas is listing Atlanta (+135) as the underdog to St. Louis (-145). The total stands at 8.5 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -115 or the under for -105. Gamblers can also bet on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at Braves +1.5 runs (-160) and Cardinals -1.5 runs (+140).

The Cardinals are 25-24 straight up (SU) and 26-23 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 4.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 3.1 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread only twice in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Braves have gone 28-23 SU this year and are 25-25 against the spread. In total, the team’s gained 0.8 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 1.4 units ATS. Atlanta has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven.

St. Louis games have an over/under record of 25-21-3 thus far in 2019. The Braves have an over/under record of 25-22-3.

Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz is projected to start for Atlanta. Foltynewicz is 0-3 with a 6.91 ERA and 17 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with four strikeouts and a 15.43 ERA against St. Louis this year.

The Cardinals are preparing to start righty Miles Mikolas (4-4, 4.88 ERA), who has 37 punchouts and 10 walks to his name, along with a 1.19 WHIP. Mikolas has yet to face the Braves this year, but he made two starts against them in 2018, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.38 ERA and seven strikeouts.

As a unit, St. Louis’ pitching staff has allowed 4.7 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starters have an ERA of 4.72, a WHIP of 1.43 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.5 K/9.

The St. Louis offense is putting up 5.1 runs per outing, including 5.0 per game over its last 10 games and 5.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .243/.335/.428 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Cardinals’ offense has been led by shortstop Paul DeJong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. DeJong is hitting .311/.407/.546 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 38 runs scored, and Goldschmidt is batting .253 with 10 homers, 24 RBIs and 34 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Atlanta’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starters own a 4.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.18 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.39, along with a K-per-9 of 9.50.

Braves hitters have slashed .259/.337/.439 on their way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Atlanta’s offensive production has been led by first baseman Freddie Freeman and second baseman Ozzie Albies, who’ve collectively blasted 19 home runs. Freeman is hitting .316/.407/.571 with 12 home runs, 31 RBIs and 35 runs scored, while Albies (.263/.320/.421) has produced seven homers, 22 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

The Braves have lost 0.3 units and are 20-18 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 17 of those games, compared to 19 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cardinals have lost 0.1 units and are 23-18 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 21 of those games, compared to 18 that went under the total.

Braves vs. Cardinals Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in four of St. Louis’ last seven games.
  • The Braves have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • The Braves have a team OPS of .777 this season and an OPS of .761 against right-handed pitchers. The Cardinals’ OPS sits at .765 overall and .775 versus righties.
  • St. Louis has posted 20.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.2 over its last five.