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The St. Louis Cardinals travel to Atlanta to face the Braves on Thursday in the final game of a three-game series. The Cardinals won the opener to improve to 23-19 while the Braves fell to 21-21. Right-hander Adam Wainwright (3-3) gets the start for the Cardinals, while right-hander Julio Teheran (2-4) gets the start for the Braves. Game time is 7:20 p.m. Eastern at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
Cardinals offense in high gear
The St. Louis Cardinals blasted starter Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves Tuesday by a score of 14-3. Marcell Ozuna got it started with a 3 run home run in the first and it was off to the races. The Cards had 4 home runs on the day, including blasts by Kolten Wong, Yadier Molina, and Dexter Fowler. Molina and Wong each had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Jack Flaherty got the win to improve to 4-3. He pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 runs with 6 strikeouts. The Cards are 3.5 games behind the Cubs, not including Wednesday’s game.
Career home run number 150 for future Hall of Famer Yadier Molina! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/Jz1zpvNgZa
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 15, 2019
The Cardinals average 5.2 runs per game, which is 7th in the MLB. They hit .262 as a team, which is 2nd in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .430, which is 13th. Jose Martinez leads the Cards with an average of .336 with 3 HRs and 20 RBIs. His .336 batting average is 4th in the MLB. Marcell Ozuna is batting .237 with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs. His 37 RBIs are 5th in the MLB. Molina is hitting .283 with 4 HRs and 30 RBIs, while Fowler is hitting .305. Also, Paul DeJong is batting .321 with 7 HRs and 19 RBIs, while Goldschmidt is hitting .269 with 10 HRs and 23 RBIs.
The Cardinals have a team ERA of 4.24, which is 14th in the MLB. They have a team WHIP of 1.28, which is 10th in the league. Adam Wainwright gets the start for the Cardinals on Thursday. The right-hander is 3-3 this year with a 4.15 ERA.
Braves pitching continues to struggle
The Braves are looking to bounce back from a 14-3 thrashing they received from the Cardinals. Starter Mike Fotynewicz got pounded for 8 runs in 4.2 innings. He fell to 0-3 on the year. There weren’t many highlights as the Braves only managed to get 3 hits off of Cardinals pitching. They fell to 21-21, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East.
The Braves average 4.7 runs per game, which is 15th in the MLB, They are batting .257 as a team, which is 5th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .432, which is 10th. Nick Markakis leads the Braves with an average of .303 with 4 HR and 22 RBIs. Freddie Freeman is hitting .305 with 7 HRs and 22 RBIs, while Ozzie Albies is batting .279 with 7 HRs and 18 RBIs. Also, Ronald Acuna is batting .272 with 7 HRs and 26 RBIs and Darby Swanson is batting .273 with 6 HRs and 25 RBIs.
Pitching has not been the Braves strong suit as they are 20th in the league with a team ERA of 4.61. They have a WHIP of 1.43, which is 24th. Julio Teheran gets the start for Atlanta. The right-hander is 2-4 with an ERA of 4-26. But he was great in his last outing, a no-decision, holding the Diamondbacks to 1 run in 6 innings of work.
- Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series.
- Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Braves are 10-3 in Teheran’s last 13 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Braves are 14-5 in Teheran’s last 19 starts during game 3 of a series.
- Braves are 5-2 in Teherans last 7 starts vs. National League Central.
- Braves are 5-2 in Teheran’s last 7 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Braves are 5-2 in Teheran’s last 7 home starts.
- Cardinals are 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Cardinals are 3-9 in their last 12 overall.
- Cardinals are 3-9 in their last 12 games on grass.
- Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Braves at home. The Cardinals pounded the Braves in the opener, but their offense has been up and down as of late, They’ve had these major outbursts sprinkled in between games where they score one or two runs. Teheran was great in his last outing, but has been a hard-luck pitcher in that he hasn’t been able to get the run support for wins. The offense has been a problem for the Braves. but they are home after a long road trip and will be able to eke out a win in a good pitching match up. The Braves are 10-3 in Teheran’s last 13 home starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under. Aside from a few outbursts, the Cardinals offense has been relatively muzzled in recent weeks. They have a pattern of having one big game in a series and two where the offense sputters. This is a good pitching match up as Teheran is coming off a good outing and Wainwright has been very solid this year, perhaps the Cards most consistent pitcher. The under is 3-0-1 in Wainwrights last 4 starts with 5 days of rest and 5-1-1 in his last 7 starts overall. Also, the under is 4-0 in Teheran’s last 4 starts overall.