St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Free Preview

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The St. Louis Cardinals will be facing off against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Fox Sports Southeast will showcase this NL matchup and the game gets going at 12:10 p.m. ET.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Odds

Vegas has offered equal -105 moneyline odds on each team. The total sits at 8.5 runs and gamblers can wager on the over for -115 and the under for -105. You can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at Cardinals -1.5 runs (+140) and Braves +1.5 runs (-160).

The Braves are 83-68 straight up (SU) and 76-73 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 17.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 0.8 units (ATS). Atlanta has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have gone 84-68 SU this year and are 79-72 ATS. Overall, the team’s gained 3.7 units for moneyline bettors and 6.5 units ATS. St. Louis is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Atlanta games have a 71-72-6 over/under record in 2018. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 70-75-6.

The right-handed Jack Flaherty will get the start for the visiting Cardinals. Flaherty (8-7, 2.86 ERA) has recorded 168 strikeouts in 138.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Braves this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Braves will put the ball in the right hand of Touki Toussaint (1-1, 4.67 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), who has 15 strikeouts and 13 walks this season. Toussaint did not pitch in the majors in 2017.

St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.18 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.34, along with a K/9 of 8.23.

Cardinals hitters have slashed .249/.324/.412 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 6.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez continue to lead St. Louis’ hitters. Ozuna is slashing .281/.325/.438 with 22 home runs, 84 RBIs and 67 runs scored, while Martinez (.302/.361/.452) has produced 16 homers, 80 RBIs and 59 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Atlanta’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starting pitching staff has a 3.57 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.17 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

The Atlanta hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .235/.330/.365 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The Braves’ batters have been led by right fielder Nick Markakis and first baseman Freddie Freeman. Markakis is hitting .306/.371/.457 with 14 home runs, 92 RBIs and 77 runs scored, and Freeman’s line sits at .307/.386/.501 with 22 homers, 89 RBIs and 91 runs.

The Cardinals have gained 1.4 units and are 57-51 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 45 of those games, compared to 58 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Braves have netted 19.1 units and are 58-48 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 49 of those games, compared to 52 that went under.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Free Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in four of Atlanta’s last seven games.
  • Atlanta has recorded 21.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.4 over its last five.
  • Each team has hit 10 home runs over its last 10 games.