St. Louis Cardinals (44-39) vs. Atlanta Braves (48-34)
July 6, 2022 7:20 pm EDT
The Line: Atlanta Braves -188 / St. Louis Cardinals +158; Over/Under: -8.5
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves meet Wednesday in MLB action at Truist Park. The St. Louis Cardinals need a win after losing 5 of their last 6 games. The Atlanta Braves look for a win after winning 6 of their last 8 games.
The St. Louis Cardinals have scored 4 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 5 of their last 6 games. The Cardinals have lost 7 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 102 hits and 65 RBI, while Nolan Arenado and Tommy Edman have combined for 173 hits and 87 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 2.61 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Atlanta Braves have scored 16 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 7 of their last 8 games. The Braves have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Dansby Swanson leads the Braves with 94 hits and 49 RBI, while Austin Riley and Matt Olson have combined for 164 hits and 98 RBI. Max Fried gets the ball, and he is 8-2 with a 2.66 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. Fried is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Braves are 16-5 in their last 21 home games and 25-7 in their last 32 overall. The under is 6-1 in Cardinals last 7 overall. The under is 4-0 in Braves last 4 overall. The Cardinals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Atlanta and 0-6 in the last 6 meetings.
The Atlanta Braves are the better team, they’re playing the better baseball, and they’re at home with Fried on the mound. I understand why they’re favored here. The St. Louis Cardinals are in rough form at the moment. With all that said, we’re getting big plus money with Miles Mikolas on the hill. Mikolas has allowed 26 hits and 11 earned runs in his last 39.1 innings. Mikolas has a 2.61 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the season. Hard to pass up the Cards at this price with one of the better pitchers in the league.
Randy Chambers’s Free Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals +158