St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Matchup

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The Atlanta Braves will face off against the St. Louis Cardinals at SunTrust Park. This NL showdown will begin at 7:35 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to Fox Sports Midwest.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Odds

Oddsmakers have listed St. Louis (+125) as the underdog to Atlanta (-135). The total stands at 8.5 runs and bettors can take either the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at Cardinals +1.5 runs (-170) and Braves -1.5 runs (+150).

The Cardinals are 82-68 SU and are 77-72 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle much this year, gaining 1.1 units for moneyline gamblers and 4.5 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Braves, on the other hand, are 83-66 SU and 76-71 ATS. They’ve gained 20.4 units for moneyline bettors and 1.2 units ATS. Atlanta has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Atlanta games have had an over/under record of 69-72-6 in 2018. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 69-74-6.

The right-handed Miles Mikolas is projected to start for the visiting Cards. Mikolas (15-4, 2.99 ERA) has recorded 126 strikeouts in 180.2 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with a 1.42 ERA against Atlanta this year.

The Braves are turning to righty Mike Foltynewicz (11-9, 2.66 ERA), who’s got 186 strikeouts and 61 walks as well as a 1.10 WHIP. Foltynewicz is 1-0 with nine strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in one start against St. Louis this year.

As a unit, Atlanta’s pitching staff has given up 4.1 runs per game overall this year. The team’s starters have a 3.53 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.05 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.8 K/9.

The Atlanta hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 4.9 per game over its last 10 games and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .242/.328/.376 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Braves’ hitters have been led by outfielder Nick Markakis and first baseman Freddie Freeman. Markakis is hitting .307/.373/.457 with 14 home runs, 91 RBIs and 77 runs scored, and Freeman is hitting .304 with 21 homers, 87 RBIs and 90 runs.

In the other dugout, St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.44 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.15 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.37, along with a WHIP of 1.25.

Cardinals hitters have slashed .249/.323/.410 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez continue to lead St. Louis’ hitters. Ozuna is hitting .281/.322/.438 with 22 home runs, 83 RBIs and 65 runs scored, while Martinez is hitting .301/.361/.449 with 16 homers, 80 RBIs and 57 runs scored.

The Cardinals have lost 1.1 units and are 55-51 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 44 of those games, compared to 57 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Braves have netted 21.6 units and are 58-46 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 47 of those games, compared to 52 that went under the total.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of Atlanta’s last seven games.
  • The Cardinals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Braves have hit 11 over their last 10.
  • St. Louis has averaged 19.1 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 contests and 17.4 over its last five.