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Braves open four-game set in St. Louis

Having won three straight games against the St. Louis Cardinals on the MLB betting lines the Atlanta Braves will be looking to extend that streak when they meet Thursday night.

Atlanta and St. Louis begin a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Thursday, with the Cardinals having been tagged with a loss in eight of their last 10 games against the Braves. The OVER/UNDER went 7-3 in those 10 MLB matchups.

The Cardinals will turn to Joe Kelly and his 4-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Braves send Paul Maholm (9-9) to the hill.

View Atlanta vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
St. Louis was a -134 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
The Cardinals - Braves odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 1 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Atlanta is at No. 5 in the National League.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis' National League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 4.9 runs per game, against a Braves offense rated No. 2 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 9.4 hits per game to date this season, more than the Braves hitters have managed (8.6 per nine innings).

Defensively, Atlanta features the National League's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the National League at home, scoring 4.5 runs per game.

Atlanta was a 4-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Mets. They won as -144 favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors. Atlanta won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating New York 4-1 in extra innings at Citi Field.

St. Louis won its last outing, an 8-6 result against the Brewers on August 21. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (14) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Cardinals enjoyed an 8-6 victory at the expense of the Brewers on Wednesday, with Jake Westbrook throwing 4 2/3 innings of 9-hit ball at Miller Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing NY Mets are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Braves at Cardinals trends to consider:
Atlanta is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Atlanta is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis' last 11 games when playing Atlanta
St. Louis is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta at St. Louis, Friday, August 23