Braves vs. Cardinals Friday Prediction
The Braves and Cardinals will open a new series this weekend on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. ET from Busch Stadium. Given the Cardinals’ recent struggles and the way the Braves are surging, will Atlanta pull off the upset in Game 1 tonight?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, May 24, 2019
8:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 66% of the betting tickets are on the Cardinals to beat the Braves on the moneyline.
Atlanta Braves Fantasy Spin
Ozzie Albies went 3-for-5 and drove in a run during Thursday's victory over the Giants. All three hits were singles, one of which drove in Josh Donaldson with the Braves' first run of the game. The 22-year-old second baseman's .263/.320/.421 slash line is essentially league average but he's generating solid fantasy value with his counting stats -- seven home runs, 22 RBI, 32 runs and four stolen bases in 51 games.
St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Spin
Marcell Ozuna had a three-run homer, a double and a walk as the Cardinals topped the Royals 10-3 in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader. Ozuna had five RBI on the day, giving him a total of 45 in 46 games of the season. That's pretty amazing, considering that he's hitting just .239 and a couple of guys ahead of him in the order have had a disappointing years. It's helped a bunch that Paul DeJong, despite possessing incredible numbers, has been much, much better with the bases empty than in RBI situations; he's saving all of the opportunities for Ozuna.
MLB Betting Trends
The Braves are 6-1 in their last seven road games and have won seven of their last nine overall.
The Cardinals have dropped four out of their last five at home and are 5-14 in their last 19 games overall.
The Braves are 4-0 in their last four games versus the Cardinals in St. Louis and have won seven of their last 10 overall versus the Redbirds. The Cardinals are also just 3-8 in their last 11 games versus a team with a winning record and have dropped 11 of their last 16 games versus a right-handed starter.
The Pick: Atlanta Braves +145