Braves vs. Cardinals Prediction

Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals 6/30/18, Prediction & Odds

The first-place Atlanta Braves recorded another win last night in a series opener at the St. Louis Cardinals. Can Atlanta keep rolling tonight in game two of the three-game set?

Game Snapshot

957 Atlanta Braves at 958 St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Busch Stadium at 7:15PM ET

TV: FOX

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers, the Cardinals are a -148 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Braves are a +138 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Saturday morning, 85 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Atlanta. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.

Alcuna returns to lineup

Atlanta super prospect Ronald Alcuna returned to the lineup after an extended absence with an injury last night as he went 0-for-4 with a walk in a 5-1 victory at the Cardinals. Julio Teheran threw six shutout innings to earn the win, giving up two hits while striking out four and walking two. Dan Winkler threw two-thirds of an inning and struck out one to earn his first save of the season. Johan Camargo went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs to pace the offense. Dansby Swanson was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Wong drives in lone run

The Cardinals were shut down at home as Kolten Wong went 0-for-4, but did contribute the only RBI in the defeat. Matt Carpenter was 1-for-3 with a walk. Marcell Ozuna finished 1-for-4 and scored the run. Tommy Pham went 0-for-2, but did draw two walks. Miles Mikolas was the tough-luck losing pitcher as he gave up one earned run on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk over 6 1/3 innings. 

Max Fried (0-2, 4.09 ERA) will be called up to start today for the Braves, while the Cardinals are turning to Luke Weaver (4-6, 4.59).

MLB Betting Trends

Atlanta

The Braves are 7-1 in their last eight games vs. a team with a winning record. Atlanta is 0-4 in its last four during game two of a series.

St. Louis 

The Cardinals are 4-1 in their last five games. St. Louis is 4-1 in its last five games Weaver has started. 

Prediction: 

Fried has been hittable at the MLB level, while Weaver has struggled to put it together this season after being fantastic in his call-up a year ago. Despite the struggles of these two offenses, I expect runs to pile up tonight. Atlanta has the top offense in the National League, while the Cardinals have a number of hitters who can hit lefties hard. Bet on the over here.

 

MLB DAILY PREDICTION: BRAVES/CARDINALS OVER 8.5

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