Wild Card Betting: St. Louis Atlanta

The visiting Cardinals look to extend their season and defend their title Friday as they look to steal a win at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves in the one-game Wild Card game.

St. Louis puts its faith in starter Kyle Lohse to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 16-3. Getting the ball for the Braves is Kris Medlen, who owns a 9-0 record on the season with a 0.97 ERA.
Odds courtesy of Bovada:

St. Louis Cardinals      +145

Atlanta Braves             -165

Total 6.5

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's         

Jason Heyward (ATL)                 -110     

Carlos Beltran (STL)                   -120    

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's         

Chipper Jones (ATL)                   -115     

Matt Holliday (STL)                    -115               

Who will record more strikeouts?

Kyle Lohse (R)               +240    

Kris Medlen (R)              -300    

Total Strikeouts - Kyle Lohse (R)

Over/Under                    4½

Total Strikeouts - Kris Medlen (R)           

Over/Under                    6

Total Hits, Runs and RBI's - Jason Heyward (ATL)           

Over/Under/Under           2

Total Hits, Runs and RBI's - Chipper Jones (ATL) 

Over/Under                    2

Will Jason Heyward (ATL) hit a home run?          

Yes                  +400

No                    -600

Will Chipper Jones (ATL) hit a home run?

Yes                  +425

No                    -625

Will Brian McCann (ATL) hit a home run?

Yes                  +450

No                    -650

Will Carlos Beltran (STL) hit a home run?

Yes                  +350

No                    -500

Will Matt Holliday (STL) hit a home run? 

Yes                  +400

No                    -600

Will Allen Craig (STL) hit a home run?     

Yes                  +375

No                    -550


View St Louis vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Atlanta sat as -160 favorites at Bovada. The total was set at 7.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 8 (Braves) and the No. 4 (Cardinals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 7 ranked National League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Cardinals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 5 in the National League at 4 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.3 hits per game, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (9.4 hits on average).

Defensively, St. Louis features the National League's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the National League at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

The Cardinals were a 1-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +134 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. St. Louis threw a shutout at Cincinnati in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Victor Marte to defeat Cincinnati 1-0 on Wednesday.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 4-0 winner on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Atlanta at +132 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Braves didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Pittsburgh 4-0 on Wednesday at PNC Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

 

A few Cardinals at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 9 of St. Louis' last 10 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Atlanta is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Atlanta's last 10 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games