St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves - 10/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Atlanta Braves (97-66) at St. Louis Cardinals (92-71)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 4:10 pm (Busch Stadium)
Mike Soroka (13-4) (2.68) vs. Adam Wainwright (14-10) (4.14)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Atlanta Braves --- Over/Under:
The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals meet Sunday in game three of the NLDA at Busch Stadium.
The Atlanta Braves bounced back in game two with a 3-0 victory, as they got seven shutout innings from Mike Foltynewicz and struck out 11 batters as a team. It was a promising showing from the Atlanta Braves and proves that this franchise may not be cursed after all. However, you get the feeling the Braves should be up 2-0 in this series, and the bullpen will have to be sharper on the road. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with four hits and two RBI while Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann have combined for four hits and one RBI. Mike Soroka gets the ball, and he was 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka’s first career postseason appearance.
The St. Louis Cardinals just couldn’t get anything going in their game two loss, but they’ll certainly take a 1-1 series with two games at home and chances to close the deal. The Cardinals have been held scoreless in 15 of the 18 innings this series, and while they often play ugly so this isn’t a huge surprise, they must do a better job of putting together offense if they’re going to survive. The St. Louis Cardinals were shutout for the first time since an August 5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tommy Edman leads the Cardinals with four hits while Paul DeJong and Paul Goldschmidt have combined for eight hits and two RBI. Adam Wainwright gets the ball, and he was 14-10 with a 4.19 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 4-4 with a 3.03 ERA and 96 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 37-16 in their last 53 Sunday games and 0-4 in their last 4 games following an off day. The Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 Sunday games, 7-15 in their last 22 games following an off day and 13-3 in Wainwrights last 16 starts. The Braves are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Wainwrights last 9 home starts. The under is 9-4-1 in Sorokas last 14 road starts.
Soroka has allowed 25 hits and 12 runs in his last 27 innings, and he has a 1.55 ERA and .205 allowed batting average on the road. Wainwright has allowed 40 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 36.1 innings, and he has a 2.56 ERA and .253 allowed batting average at home. Soroka has been much better on the road than he has been at home this season, but he's making his first postseason appearance, so who knows how he'll handle the nerves. Wainwright has been there done that in terms of the postseason, and he was key to this franchise winning a World Series back in 2006. Due to home field and a much more experienced pitcher, I'm going to give the Cardinals the edge in game three.