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2019 NLDS Game 5
(2-2) St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (2-2)
Date: Wednesday October 9, 2019
Time: 5:02 PM ET
Venue: SunTrust Park Atlanta, GA.
Projected Pitchers: Flaherty (STL), Foltynewicz (ATL)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals -103 | Braves -102
MLB RunLine Betting Odds:
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
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St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals rallied with a run in the bottom of the eighth against Shane Greene to tie the game. They won it two innings later on Yadier Molina’s sacrifice fly to force a Game 5 with a 5–4 victory.
In fact, it was Molina both times. The 37-year-old catcher’s single in the eighth was a little jam-shot over Freddie Freeman’s glove; the game-winner came on a deep fly to left against Julio Teheran, pitching for the first time in nearly two weeks.
All three of Atlanta’s runs in the fifth were unearned after a tough error on Matt Carpenter, who failed to make a play on a hard hit ball to his left at third base.
Dakota Hudson went 4.2 innings and gave up the only earned run St. Louis allowed on the day. Seven guys came out of the ‘pen, including Carlos Martinez and Miles Mikolas at the end.
Both are noteworthy because Martinez finally threw a scoreless inning to perhaps get some of his confidence back entering Game 5. Mikolas started Game 1 but will give way to Jack Flaherty on Wednesday.
Flaherty and Mike Foltynewicz will both be on full rest after dueling in that 3–0 Atlanta win in Game 2.
Foltynewicz is going to have to go deep because it’s apparent Atlanta is short on pitching and has been all series long.
The Braves didn’t throw Max Fried in Game 4, which means he’ll be available for multiple innings in this game. He’s been the one guy who has thrown well in a relief role and he’s no doubt going to be the first guy Brian Snitker goes to.
Mark Melancon didn’t pitch in Game 4 either but that doesn’t mean the Braves want to use him for more than an inning. It didn’t go well when Snitker tried it in Game 1.
In an ideal world, those three will be enough for the Braves to negotiate nine innings in Game 5. If not, Darren O’Day has been reliable in small doses, as has Sean Newcomb. Atlanta’s pitching staff may not be so badly off after all.
Then there’s Mike Soroka, who has only had two days of rest but could perhaps throw an inning of relief in this one. Problem is that the NLCS will begin on Friday and while the Braves won’t get there unless they win on Wednesday, they have to have someone left for either the Nationals or Dodgers.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- STL are 1-7 in their last 8 playoff road games.
- Under is 7-2 in STL last 9 Wed. games.
- Over is 9-3 in STL last 12 playoff games.
- ATL are 7-1 in their last 8 Wed. games.
- Under is 9-3-1 in ATL last 13 Wed. games.
- Under is 11-4 in ATL last 15 home games.
- Head to Head: Over is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings in Atlanta.
- Head to Head: STL are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Atlanta.
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction: Flaherty and the Cardinals’ bullpen get it done.
I believe the Braves have more pressure on them playing at home. And despite Foltynewicz’s performance in Game 2 and Fried’s availability, I still have more confidence in both Flaherty and St. Louis’ bullpen.
This has been a bit of a war of attrition, which is what the Cardinals wanted all along. I believe they win out on the road in a low-scoring Game 5.
4* Free 2019 NLDS Betting Pick: Cardinals -103
MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 4 – Atlanta 1
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