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2019 MLB Season
(23-19) St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (21-21)
Date: Thursday May 16, 2019
Time: 7:20 PM ET
Venue: SunTrust Park Atlanta, Georgia
Projected Pitchers: Cardinals: Wainwright vs. Teheran
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals +127 | Braves -137
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
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Adam Wainwright was already an. All-Star and a World Series Champion when Julio Teheran was coming up as the top pitching prospect in baseball.
The 6’7″ righty is twenty-five innings away from 2,000 in his career. He’s finished in the top three of the Cy Young voting four times but he’s never won it. I can’t confirm if that’s some kind of record but I reckon it may be.
In over forty innings this season, Wainwright has been league-average. He’s giving up less than a hit per inning and nearly three walks per nine. He could probably walk even fewer than that but he uses that pinpoint command to keep hitters uncomfortable, which is why he has been so effective.
The Cardinals don’t want to have to lean on Wainwright, not even to the lesser extent they have been in the first two months of this season. The moment they get dependent on him, the moment they are really in trouble.
Teheran threw in the big leagues in 2011 and 2012 but he wasn’t a rookie until 2013, when he finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting, behind three other starting pitchers: the late Jose Fernandez, who won it, Shelby Miller, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Teheran was an All-Star the very next season and then two years later. He’s working on six consecutive seasons of at least thirty starts and he leads the NL this season with nine. This will be number ten.
He’s had two seasons just barely below league-average but the Braves had still received excellent value on the early extension they offered Teheran: six years, $32 million back when he was a rookie.
He has a team option for 2020, too, and will probably never get that big contract he could have got after, say, 2014 or 2015. Then again, he’s striking out over a batter per inning this season for the first time in his career.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- STL are 3-9 in their last 12 overall.
- STL are 3-9 in their last 12 games on grass.
- Over is 6-2 in Wainwrights last 8 Thu. starts.
- ATL are 3-8 in their last 11 home games.
- Under is 21-9-1 in Teherans last 31 home starts.
- Head to Head: STL are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta.
- Head to Head: Over is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings.
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction: under.
Cardinals are slumping and Teheran is still one of the game’s better pitchers. As long as Waino stays healthy, he’ll remain effective.
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MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 2 – Atlanta 3
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