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2021 MLB Handicapping
(35-33) St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves (30-35)
Date: Friday, June 18th, 2021
Time: 7:20 PM ET
Venue: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
Projected Pitchers: Carlos Martinez (STL) vs. Max Fried (ATL)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals +110| Braves-141
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cardinals +1.5, Braves -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
On Thursday the Cardinals will visit the Braves in Atlanta for game two of this series. Game one is being played Thursday night at 7:20 ET.
These teams have not met this year.
Carlos Martinez will be going for the Cardinals and Max Fried will go for the Braves.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have been skidding lately.
They sit three games out in the National League Central.
This past weekend, they got swept by the Cubs in three games. Then they swept the Marlins in three games.
Their pitching was very impressive against Miami as they only allowed 3 runs total.
Carlos Martinez has had a rough year going 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA. In his last outing, he looked good, but took the loss 2-0 to the Cubs.
Offensively this team has been solid all year long. They are scoring over 4 runs a game which is 20th best in baseball.
As a pitching staff, they are allowing 4.17 runs per game which is 17th in MLB.
Some of the key hitters in their lineup are Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt.
They are 16th in the league with 75 home runs hit.
The only way to describe how this team has played this year is disappointing. For a team with such high expectations, they are not even close to living up to them. They better hope their play improves drastically if they want a shot at postseason contention.
They currently sit with a record of 30-35 which puts them in third place in the National League East. The Mets are 7.5 games ahead of them.
Their latest stretch of games has not gone as planned. Over the weekend, they lost two out of three to the Miami Marlins. The poor play continued as they got swept by the Red Sox for two games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Max Fried has not looked as good as he has in past years. His last outing was better, but he still took the loss. In that game, he gave up 3 runs while lasting 6 innings.
As a whole, pitching has been less than stellar for this team this year. They have a 4.52 ERA which is 20th best in baseball. The bullpen has been atrocious with en ERA over 5.
Offense has been a different story for this team. They are scoring 4.88 runs per game which is 8th in baseball.
Hitting homers is a big part of this team as they have 95 of them. Some of their big power hitters are Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games.
- Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Cardinals are 0-4 in their last 4 road games.
- Braves are 12-4 in their last 16 games vs. the National League Central.
- Braves are 6-2 in their last 8 homes games with the total set at 7.0-9.0.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction:
Both of these teams have not been having much success lately. Even though the Cardinals have the better record, I feel the Braves have the better team and are just underperforming.
It is hard to feel confident betting the Braves this year because they have let me down on so many occasions.
However, in this particular game, I feel more confident in them winning than I do the Cardinals winnings. As I write, the Braves are up 4-0 in game one. I feel they have the better pitcher and offense, which can hopefully get them a win.
I am going to lay the 141 and take Atlanta.
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