Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 10/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
St. Louis Cardinals (91-71) at Atlanta Braves (97-65)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:02 pm (SunTrust Park)
Miles Mikolas (9-14) (4.16) vs. Dallas Keuchel (8-8) (3.75)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -192 / St. Louis Cardinals +155 --- Over/Under: 8
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves will meet in Game 1 of a divisional playoff matchup Thursday.
Despite going just .500 ahead of the All-Star break, the Cardinals surged in the second half to ultimately finish 91-71 overall and take the top spot in the National League Central Division.
For Game 1 of this set, the Cardinals will send out Miles Mikolas in the start. Across his 184.0 innings and 9-14 mark this season, Mikolas had a 4.16 ERA with 144 Ks and 32 BBs.
Over on the Braves’ side, they had a tough fight in the National League East as well. When the dust settled Atlanta finished 97-65 (and 50-31 at SunTrust Park), four games ahead of the Nationals for the division championship.
For Thursday’s Game 1, Atlanta will go with Dallas Keuchel in the start. Over 112.2 innings and an 8-8 record in the regular season, Keuchel put up a 3.75 ERA with 91 Ks and 39 BBs.
The Cardinals are 4-0 in the last four Thursday games and 6-2 in the last eight road games. St. Louis is 1-4 in their last five overall and 1-6 in their last seven playoff games.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 1-5 in their last six overall and 1-5 in their last six Divisional Playoff games. Atlanta is 5-2 in Keuchel’s last seven home starts and 1-5 in his last six in game one of a series.
Mikolas has four quality starts in his last six tries, and has gone 2-1 in that time. Though he’s not a strikeout machine, he’s usually good for at least five innings and shouldn’t tax the bullpen.
As for Keuchel, he had a nice run of quality starts going in early September, but in his last three games he’s got just one, giving up a total of 11 earned and on 0-3 record in that time.
This should be an evenly-matched and fun series but I’m hopping on the Cardinals train here since the number looks pretty inviting.