The Atlanta Braves (46-34) and St. Louis Cardinals (44-37) face off at Truist Park on Monday in the opening matchup of a four-game series. The Braves are 4-2 in their last six outings while the Cardinals are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Find out which club has the edge in our Cardinals vs Braves prediction.
Cardinals vs Braves Opening Odds Analysis
The Braves opened as the home favorite at -172 the moneyline with the visting Cardinals coming in at +125. The total was set at 8.5 runs with the OVER going 14-5 in the last 19 meetings between the two clubs at Truist Park. Atlanta has won six of the last seven meetings against St. Louis, suggesting that the home team has a clear edge in our Cardinals vs Braves prediction.
Kyle Wright (9-4) will look to become the third 10-game winner in the majors when he takes the mound for the Braves. Wright picked up the victory last time out when he scattered three hits and one earned run over seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 29. The right-hander owns a 3.03 ERA and a 1.114 WHIP over 92 innings of work.
Dakota Hudson (6-4) counters for St. Louis as he looks to turn things around following a shaky month of June. Hudson did pick up the win last time out after allowing six hits and three earned runs over five innings against the Miami Marlins on June 28. He has a 3.83 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP through 80 innings this season.
Braves Hit Three More Homers In Loss To Reds
The Braves fell 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday after some late-inning drama. Marcell Ozuna got Atlanta on the board first with a solo homer in the fourth before Cincinnati finally scored in the eighth, led by a two-run double from Brandon Drury to put the Reds up 3-1. Ozuna and Michael Harris II each homered in the ninth to tie the ballgame, but the Reds walked it off after a single from Albert Almora Jr.
Starter Charlie Morton took a no-hitter into the seventh and allowed just one hit and no earned runs while striking out 10 in a no-decision.
Atlanta continues to rely on the long ball, hitting three homers on Sunday to bring the club’s season total to 122 on the season, trailing only the New York Yankees (133) for the most in the majors. Ozuna’s two-homer performance snapped a six-game dry spell while Austin Riley comes into Monday with two home runs and five RBI over his last three outings.
Cardinals Shut Out By Phillies
The Cardinals got shut out 4-0 by the Philadelphia Phillies in their series finale on Sunday. Adam Wainwright was pitching well until the sixth inning when he ran into some trouble, giving up an RBI single to Nick Castellanos and a two-run shot to J.T. Realmuto to give the Phillies a four-run lead. St. Louis managed just four hits in the ballgame as the Cardinals were shut out for the second time in nine contests.
St. Louis has been a top 10 offensive team this season, tied with Atlanta and the Boston Red Sox for seventh in the majors at 4.73 runs per game. Offense has been hit or miss for the Cardinals recently, though, with the club being shut out three twice in their last nine contests and three times in their last 13.
Cardinals vs Braves Pick & Insights
Cardinals: Keys To Victory
The key for the Cardinals will be to get a bounce-back performance from their bats. Paul Goldschmidt has led the way this season with 19 home runs and 65 RBI, with Nolan Arenado not far behind at 17 homers and 55 RBI. That duo has done most of the damage for St. Louis this year and they’ll be relied on to spark the fire on Monday.
Braves: Keys To Victory
Atlanta will be hoping for another strong outing from Wright, who went 5-1 in June despite some inconsistency on the mound. The Braves seem to play well when Wright pitches, so look for Atlanta to knock in a couple more homers to give their starter some run support.
MLB Computer Pick: Cardinals +150 ML
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