MLB Betting Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. St Louis Cardinals – Friday, May 24, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Friday, May 24, 2019 at 8:15 PM EST
Where: Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri
Moneyline: St Louis -147/Atlanta +137
Betting Total: 9½ runs
This game is being played at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri with the first pitch scheduled to take place at 8:15 PM EST
BetOnline has set the line for this game at St Louis -147/Atlanta +137 and the over/under has been set at 9½ runs
The Atlanta Braves are 27-23 in 2nd place trailing the 1st placed Phillies by 1½ games. They have a 2½ game lead over the 3rd place New York Mets in the NL East. They are on a one-game winning streak and have won 7 of their last 10 games.
Atlanta is scoring 4.94 runs per game while giving up 4.64 runs per game. Hard to get much more even than that. Offensively they are ranked 11th in baseball in runs scored per game. Of the defensive side of things, they are ranked 14th in baseball.
When taking a look at team leaders, you have to look no further than Freddie Freeman to see that he leads in most categories. He leads the team with a .414 on-base percentage, .325 batting average, 12 home runs, and 62 hits. Dansby Swanson is the team leader in rbi’s with 32, but Freeman trying to take that one too. He only trails by one at 31.
Taking the bump for that Atlanta Braves is Mike Foltynewicz with a 0-3 record and an era of 6.91. It is never a good sign you when you have pitched 27 innings and have given up 29 hits. He has given up 10 long balls as well. Even in his 2 no decisions the Braves have lost.
His last start was encouraging though. It was a no-decision, but he pitched 6 innings and only gave up 3 hits, but 2 of them were home runs in a 3-2 loss vs Milwaukee. He faced St Louis this year on May 14th and last only 4⅔ innings, giving up 7 hits and 8 earned runs, 3 home runs, while walking four.
In his career vs St Louis, he has gone 2-4, with a 9.33 era. Apparently, St Louis hits him hard. Don’t be shocked if he gives up a few home runs in this one.
St Louis Cardinals
St Louis at 25-24 is in 4th place five games behind the 1st placed Cubs. Only last placed Cincinnati had done worse in the NL Central. They are on a one-game winning streak but have are only 3-7 their last 10 games.
St Louis is scoring 5.08 runs per game while giving up 4.65 runs per game. That offensive output is good enough for a ranking of 10th in baseball in runs scored. Defensively they are ranked 17th in runs allowed per game. They have some work to do there if they want to move up in the division.
Jose Martinez is the team lead in batting with a .312 batting average, while Dexter Fowler leads with a .413 on-base percentage. SS Paul DeJong is the team leader in hits with 57. The big bat leading in home runs with 14 and driving in 45 rbi’s is Marcell Ozuna.
Miles Mikolas (4-4, 4.88 era) is throwing for the home team Cardinals. There has certainly not been anything special about this pitching staff so far. Mikolas is tied for the team lead with 4 wins. He is not in good form losing his last two starts.
In his previous start at Texas, he got lit up only pitching 1⅓ innings. He gave up 9 hits and 7 earned runs. He is 1-1 with a 1.98 era in his career vs them. He should at least have some confidence against them.
- Atlanta is 0-7 in Foltynewicz’s last 7 starts
- St Louis is 10-3 in Mikolas’ last 13 home starts
Cards should be able to get to Foltynewicz again and pick up another victory!!
The Cardinals obviously play well at home when Mikolas is pitching. The Cardinals have a history of pounding Foltynewicz. Atlanta obviously does not win games when he pitches either dropping his last 7 starts. Atlanta is probably the better team, but I have to go with recent history in this one.
Atlanta is not sneaking up on anybody this year. I like this St Louis team and they are only going to get better. Plus doesn’t it appear too easy to get Atlanta as a dog playing better winning 7 of ten vs a team who has lost 7 of their last 10 games? Not one of my stronger plays, but I do like them. St Louis should be able to outscore them. Cards 7-4.