Braves vs. Cardinals Prediction
The Atlanta Braves continue to lead the NL East despite dropping their last two games as they open a series at the St. Louis Cardinals. Will Atlanta find its winning formula again tonight to get the series off to a good start?
Friday, June 29, 2018
Busch Stadium at 8:15PM ET
TV: FS-M (STL)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Cardinals are listed as a -147 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Braves are a +137 underdog, while the total sits at 8.5 runs. As of Friday morning, 58 percent of public bets are being placed on host St. Louis. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Braves lose home series to Reds
Despite winning the first game of its home series with Cincinnati, Atlanta dropped the last two games including Wednesday's 6-5 finale. A three-run seventh inning cost the Braves the victory as they blew a 5-3 advantage. Sam Freeman took the loss in relief as he surrendered three earned runs on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. Nick Markakis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run to help pace the offense. Kurt Suzuki was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Cardinals' four-game win streak snapped
St. Louis dropped a 5-1 contest Wednesday night at home to Cleveland as it saw its four-game winning streak come to a close. The Cardinals had won the first two games against the Indians by a combined score of 15-2. Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the lone St. Louis run. Matt Carpenter was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run. Jack Flaherty suffered the loss as he surrendered four earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks over four innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Braves are 1-9 in their last 10 Friday games. The over is 6-1-1 in the last eight Atlanta games overall.
The Cardinals are 7-3 in Mikolas' last 10 starts. The under is 14-6 in the last 20 St. Louis home games.
Atlanta has an almost identical 23-17 record at home and 22-17 mark on the road, but I can't trust Teheran here as he isn't consistent enough for my liking to go in and steal a win here without likely a lot of run support. Mikolas has been very steady for St. Louis and I believe his strong season will continue today with a winning effort.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS -147