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The St. Louis Cardinals will be squaring off against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Fox Sports Midwest will showcase this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 7:35 p.m. ET.

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Odds

Atlanta (-140) is favored over St. Louis (+130) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at +100 for the under and -120 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at -170 for the Cardinals +1.5 runs and +150 for the Braves -1.5.

The Cardinals have gone 83-68 SU this year and are 78-72 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle very much this year, gaining 2.5 units for moneyline gamblers and 5.5 units ATS. The Braves, on the other hand, are 83-67 SU and 76-72 ATS. They’ve gained 19.1 units for moneyline bettors and 0.2 units ATS.

Atlanta games have an over/under record of 70-72-6 in 2018. The Cardinals have been a decent under bet with a total record of 69-75-6.

Austin Gomber is getting the start for St. Louis. Gomber (5-1, 3.78 ERA) has recorded 54 strikeouts in 64.1 innings so far. He’s 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Atlanta this year.

The Braves will put the ball in the right hand of Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 3.01 ERA, 1.12 WHIP), who has 118 strikeouts and 39 walks this season. Sanchez hasn’t faced the Cardinals yet this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Atlanta’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The team’s starters have a 3.57 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.11 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

The Atlanta offense has put up 4.7 runs per outing, including 4.8 per game over its last 10 games and 4.6 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .244/.332/.357 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

The Braves’ hitters have been led by right fielder Nick Markakis and first baseman Freddie Freeman. Markakis is hitting .307/.373/.457 with 14 home runs, 92 RBIs and 77 runs scored, and Freeman’s line sits at .304/.385/.498 with 22 homers, 89 RBIs and 91 runs.

For the visiting squad, St. Louis’ pitching staff allowed 4.2 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.44 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.17 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.37, along with a K/9 of 8.17.

The Cardinals offense has slashed .249/.323/.412 on its way to 4.7 runs scored per game this season, including 5.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

St. Louis’ offense has been sparked by outfielder Marcell Ozuna and first baseman Jose Martinez, who collectively have belted 38 home runs. Ozuna is slashing .281/.325/.439 with 22 home runs, 83 RBIs and 66 runs scored, while Martinez (.301/.360/.449) is up to 16 homers, 80 RBIs and 58 runs scored.

The Cardinals have gained 0.2 units and are 56-51 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over’s hit in 44 of those games, compared to 58 that’ve hit the under against ies.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of St. Louis’ last seven games.
  • St. Louis has recorded 20.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.2 over its last five.
  • The Cardinals have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games, including seven over their last five.