Last Updated Jul 06, 2022, 7:38 PM
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Picks, Predictions, Odds
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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Analysis
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves play the third of a four-game series on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at Truist Park.
The Cardinals are placed second in the National League Central with a record of 44-39 overall and 20-23 on the road, which trails the division leading Milwaukee Brewers by three games. The Braves entered Wednesday night second in the National League East, 2.5 games behind the Mets for the division lead. At home they are 26-17, with an overall record of 48-34.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Prediction
The Cardinals enter this matchup second in the NL Central, three and a half games behind the Milwaukee Brewers for first place. St. Louis will look to bounce back in game-three of this series after losing back-to-back to the Atlanta Braves. St. Louis has struggled as of late, losing six of their last 10 games. The offense has been decent over that stretch, averaging 4.1 runs per game. This is still below their season average of 4.70 runs per game. The bullpen has not seen the same success with a team ERA of 4.40 over their last 10 games. This is a bit above their season ERA of 3.84. The right-hander Miles Mikolas (5-6, 2.61 ERA) is expected to take the mound for the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Atlanta is currently second in the NL East standings, three and a half games behind the New York Mets for first place. The Braves have been on a roll as of late, winning seven of their last 10 games including back-to-back games in this series. Their offense has been great over that stretch, averaging 5.0 runs per game. This is above their season average of 4.74 runs per game. Atlanta’s bullpen has been solid as well with a team ERA of 3.6 over their last 10. This is a bit better than their season ERA of 3.72. Left-handed pitcher Max Fried (8-2, 2.66 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Braves on Wednesday.
With Atlanta’s ace Max Fried taking the mound Wednesday I like the Braves to take game-three of this series. Fried has been too good and with the Cardinals struggling over their last 10, I think it could be a long day for St. Louis at the plate. The Brave's offense has also been cooking and while Mikolas has been solid, I expect the Cardinals bullpen to collapse at some point. Not much value in the Braves moneyline so will be backing Atlanta to cover the runline.
Score Prediction: Braves 5, Cardinals 3
Best Bet: Braves -1.5
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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Odds
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Betting Resources
- Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2022
- Matchup: NL Central vs. NL East
- Venue: Truist Park
- Location: Atlanta, Georgia
- Time-TV: 7:20 p.m. ET – ESPN
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves – Current Form
The Cardinals won against the Marlins last Wednesday 2-1, only to lose to the Phillies last Sunday. Their best performance was on Monday, when they limited the Marlins to scoring no runs in the first contest of a three-game series. Scoring nine runs against the Miami Marlins on Monday’s first game in the series was their best performance in their last six games.
The Braves have played excellent recently, highlighted by Atlanta posting back-to-back series victories over the Phillies and the Reds squads, resulting in a solid 4-2 record across that window. They limited the Cincinnati Reds to just one run in the first contest of the series on Friday. Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta’s defense allowed for 14 runs in the third game of the series on Thursday.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves – Pitching Matchup
St. Louis: Miles Mikolas (5-6, 2.61 ERA)
Miles Mikolas will make his 16th start of the season for St. Louis, who’s hoping to find some traction after posting a 5-6 record and 2.61 ERA thus far, while tallying a 0.99 WHIP, 21 walks, and 79 strikeouts across 100 innings of action. Mikolas got assigned the loss in his last start, which came on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 1, 2022. He allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout in an eventual 5-3 the Cardinals defeat. In eight road starts this season, Mikolas has compiled a 3-4 record in 48 innings, while striking out 37, walking 12 batters, and putting together a 2.63 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
Atlanta: Max Fried (8-2, 2.66 ERA)
Atlanta’ left-hander Max Fried takes the mound for his 16th start of the season. Fried looks to improve on a 8-2 record and 2.66 ERA in 101.1 innings, while striking out 96, walking 16 batters, and posting a 1.03 WHIP. Atlanta’s 28-year-old left-hander earned the win in his last start, which came on the road against the Cincinnati Reds July 1, 2022. He threw seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and four strikeouts in a 1-9 Braves victory. Fried owns a home record of 4-2 this season, in 10 starts at Truist Park. In those outings, he has posted a 2.92 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, 12 walks, and 62 strikeouts in 61.2 innings of work.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves – Series History
Atlanta went 6-1 overall in the 2021 head-to-head meetings. So far in 2022, the Braves have captured two of the two head-to-head battles between the pair.