Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals meet for game one of their series at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves are -120 favorites over the Cardinals with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Atlanta Braves haven’t been consistent but they have shown the ability to beat anyone on any given day. The Braves are four games back in the National League East having gone 6-4 in their last 10 games but 4-5 at home this season. Offensively Atlanta has outscored their opponents 105-83 and as a team they are hitting .229 with Brian McCann hitting .310, Chipper Jones hitting .289, and Jason Heyward hitting .256. As a team the Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 3.07 with the starters at 3.16 and the bullpen at 2.88. For game one against the Cards Atlanta starts Tim Hudson who pitched well getting a win last time out. For the season Hudson has allowed 33 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 17 in 35.1 innings of work.
The St. Louis Cardinals lead the National League Central but in the early going, it is baseball’s closest and most competitive division. The Cardinals lead by one game having gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and 8-5 on the road this year. Offensively St. Louis has outscored their opponents 136-101 and as a team they are hitting .297 with Matt Holliday hitting .433, Lance Berkman hitting .410, David Freese hitting .358, Colby Rasmus hitting .316, and Albert Pujols hitting .258 with seven home runs. The Cardinals pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.31 with the starters at 3.23 and the bullpen at 3.45. For game one in Atlanta St. Louis starts Chris Carpenter. For the season Carpenter has allowed 25 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 26 in 30 innings of work.
Atlanta is 5-1 in their last six overall, 3-8 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning record, and 14-6 in Hudson’s last 20 home starts. St. Louis is 6-2 in their last eight games against a right handed starter, 6-2 in their last eight games overall, and 0-5 in Carpenter’s last five starts. St. Louis is 6-2 in the last eight meetings of these two.
Carpenter just hasn’t been himself and while Hudson isn’t either, he just looks to be the better choice right now. I’ll take the Braves minus the 120
Atlanta Braves -120 St. Louis Cardinals
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