Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, MLB Baseball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Predictions

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ATLANTA BRAVES ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
51-62, 4th in National League East August 12, 7:15 PM | Grass of Busch Stadium 60-56, 2nd in National League Central
Atlanta at St. Louis, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:15 PM ET, Saturday, August 12, 2017
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, FSN South (Atlanta), FSN Midwest (St. Louis)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Lucas Sims (0-2, 5.25 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Carlos Martinez (8-9, 3.52)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Atlanta Braves [L. Sims -R] +1½ -105 +207 Ov 9 +107
St. Louis Cardinals [C. Martinez -R] -1½ -115 -224 Un 9 -127
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The Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at New Busch Stadium.

The Braves will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Lucas Sims in this game. Sims has a 0-2 record and a 5.25 ERA this season.

It’ll be Carlos Martinez toeing the rubber for the Cardinals in this contest. Right hander Martinez is 8-9 with a 3.52 ERA so far this season.

Despite a rough first inning in his second major-league start Sunday – in which he gave up four runs – Sims settled down to throw scoreless ball across the next five innings in a loss to Miami. The 23-year-old has surrendered seven of the 12 hits allowed through two starts on two-strike counts. Sims, who has pitched six innings in each of his first two turns, will make the first road start of his career in this outing.

Martinez earned his second All-Star berth in the past three years with a stellar first half but has struggled recently while posting a 5.14 ERA in his last seven starts. The 25-year-old won at Kansas City in his last start Monday, giving up two runs on solo homers among the seven hits he allowed over eight otherwise impressive innings with no walks and seven strikeouts. Martinez, who is 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 home outings, is 2-1 in seven career appearances (three starts) against Atlanta with a 3.32 ERA.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 224-moneyline favorites versus the Braves, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.

Despite the crowded landscape at the top of the National League Central, the St. Louis Cardinals continue to focus on themselves entering Saturday’s middle contest of a three-game home series against the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals pounced on the Braves in the early innings in Friday’s series opener and held on for an 8-5 victory to remain one game behind the Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis has won seven games in a row to surge toward the top of the division standings, powered by two hits and two RBIs from right fielder Randal Grichuk as well as two hits and three RBIs from shortstop Paul DeJong in the series opener. St. Louis reached the Atlanta bullpen for two runs in 5 1/3 innings after jumping all over starter Mike Foltynewicz, extending its streak of scoring eight or more runs in victories to six in a row (the longest streak in the majors since the Braves did it in 2006). Atlanta rookie second baseman Ozzie Albies finished 2-for-4, blasting a three-run homer in the sixth inning. The Braves (51-62) have lost 17 of their past 23 games and are a season-worst 11 games below .500.

St. Louis was a 8-5 winner in its last match on the road against the Braves. They won as -158 favorites, while the total score of 13 made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Atlanta, they were a 8-5 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -158 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Atlanta:
Team record: 51-62 SU
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.
Atlanta is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games

St. Louis:
Team record: 60-56 SU
Current Streak: won 7 straight games.
St. Louis is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 5 games

Next up:
Atlanta at St. Louis Sunday, August 13

MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. The Cardinals have won all four meetings this season by at least two runs, outscoring the Braves 29-12.

2. One game after his 13-game hitting streak ended, Braves CF Ender Inciarte finished 2-for-3 with a walk.

3. The Cardinals set a franchise mark for most consecutive victories when scoring eight or more runs Friday, surpassing the old record set from Sept. 18-23, 1925.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

St. Louis Cardinals will win outright at -224 and the game will stay under 9 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 5, Braves 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
ATL TEAM STL
4.54 RUNS 4.66
5.10 RUNS AGNST 4.17
-0.56 DIFF 0.49
-$66 MONEY -$256
4.70 TEAM ERA 3.77
8.94 OFF HITS 8.71
2.81 OFF WALKS 3.64
7.45 OFF Ks 8.30
8.97 DEF HITS 8.43
3.58 DEF WALKS 3.00
7.60 DEF Ks 8.28
INJURIES
ATLANTA BRAVES
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Chris Withrow P 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Marksberry P 15-Day Disabled List
Jesse Biddle P 15-Day Disabled List
Andrew McKirahan P 15-Day Disabled List
William Perez P 15-Day Disabled List
Paco Rodriguez P 60-Day Disabled List
Mallex Smith OF 15-day Disabled List
Dan Winkler P 15-Day Disabled List
A.J. Pierzynski C 15-Day Disabled List
Eric O’Flaherty P 15-Day Disabled List
Rob Whalen P 15-Day Disabled List
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Matt Holiday OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Carpenter OF 15-Day Disabled List
Matt Adams 1B 15-Day Disabled List
Michael Wacha P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Louis P 15-Day Disabled List
Mitch Harris P 15-Day Disabled List
Lance Lynn P 60-Day Disabled List
Brayan Pena C 15-Day Disabled List
Jordan Walden P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Lyons P 15-Day Disabled List
Aledmys Diaz SS 15-Day Disabled List
Trevor Rosenthal P 15-Day Disabled List
Seth Maness P 15-Day Disabled List
Mike Leake P 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
ATLANTA BRAVES
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Atlanta is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Atlanta’s last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Atlanta is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 6 games when playing Atlanta
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
St. Louis is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against Atlanta
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Atlanta’s Overall Scoring vs St. Louis’s Overall Defense 4.5 11 4.2 3
Atlanta’s Away Scoring vs St. Louis’s Home Defense 4.8 5 3.9 2
Atlanta’s Road ERA vs St. Louis’s Home ERA Allowed 4.6 10 4.5 7
St. Louis’s Overall Scoring vs Atlanta’s Overall Defense 4.7 9 5.1 12
St. Louis’s Home Scoring vs Atlanta’s Road Defense 4.5 8 4.9 10
St. Louis’s Home ERA vs Atlanta’s Road ERA Allowed 3.4 2 4.2 6
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BRAVES
Braves are second in the league in free passes at 3.3 per game.
Braves are second worst in K’s per game with 8.5.
Braves are the toughest team to score on in the league, allowing just 3.4 runs per game.
Braves are second best in walks allowed in the league at 2.5 per game.
CARDINALS
Cardinals are the highest scoring team in the league at 4.8 runs per game.
Cardinals have the second best hits stat in the league at 9.2 per game.
Cardinals are second best in K’s per game with 6.9.

 

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