Cardinals at Braves 10/3/19 - MLB Betting Picks & Odds
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB: 5:02 PM EST
Oct. 03, 2019
Latest Odds : ATL -130 O/U 9
On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals visit the Atlanta Braves for Game 1 of their best of five National League Division Series. The Cardinals won the National League Central to earn their place in the series. St. Louis clinched the division title with a 9-0 win against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday the final day of the regular season, using the bat of Matt Carpenter and the arm of Jack Flaherty.
Atlanta won the National League East, but ended its regular season with three straight losses. Mike Soroka pitched well in the loss, but the Braves have a banged up lineup entering the postseason. Freddie Freeman has a sore right elbow, while Josh Donaldson is nursing an injury and Ronald Acuna Jr. has missed time since Tuesday with a problematic hip.
During the regular season, Kolten Wong led the Cardinals with a .285 batting average during the regular season. Paul Goldschmidt led in home runs with 33, RBIs with 95 and hits with 151. As a team, the Cardinals averaged .245 at the plate. On Thursday, the Cardinals will send Miles Mikolas to the mound. The right-hander is 9-14 with an ERA of 4.16, 144 Ks and 32 BBs.
During the regular season, Ozzie Albies led the Braves in batting average at .298 and in hits with 188. Ronald Acuna Jr. was the leader in home runs with 41 and Freddie Freeman in RBIs with 121. Atlanta hitters averaged .259 at the plate. On Thursday, the Braves will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound. The lefthander is 8-8 with an ERA of 3.75, 91 Ks and 39 BBs.
Recent Betting Trends:
St. Louis is 5-0 in its last 5 on the road versus a left-handed starter
The OVER has cashed in each of the Cardinals last 4
Atlanta is 36-16 in its last 52 at home
The OVER has cashed in 4 of the Braves last 5 following a loss
Free Betting Pick: St. Louis Cardinals +120
St. Louis enters this matchup in better shape physically as Atlanta has several regulars with nagging injuries. The Cardinals have won 9 of the last 12 played in Atlanta. St. Louis has won 5 of Miles Mikolas’ last 7 starts and 14 of the right-hander’s last 20 starts versus an opponent with a winning record. The Braves have lost 5 of the last 6 overall and 21 of the last 29 postseason games. Final Score Prediction, St. Louis Cardinals win 5-3