Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals - 8/26/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (72-53) vs Atlanta Braves (78-48)

Game Info: Friday, August 26, 2022 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Jose Quintana (4-5) (3.45) vs Spencer Strider (7-4) (2.95)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals +125 / Atlanta Braves -145 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Braves will play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of their series at Busch Stadium on Friday night.

The Atlanta Braves are 78-48 this season and have won six of their last seven games. Atlanta is coming off of a series win against Pittsburgh, where they won all three games played in the series. The Atlanta pitching staff has a 3.53 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .230 opponent batting average this season. The Braves offense has scored 622 runs with a .252 batting average and a .317 on base percentage. Austin Riley is batting .284 with 31 home runs and 82 RBI’s for the Braves this season. The projected starter for Atlanta is Spencer Strider, who is 7-4 with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP over 100.2 innings pitched this season.

The St. Louis Cardinals are 72-53 this season and have won 10 of their last 12 games. St. Louis is coming off of a series win against the Chicago Cubs, where they won three out of the five games played in the series. The St. Louis pitching staff has a 3.78 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a .241 opponent batting average. The Cardinals offense has scored 609 runs with a .259 batting average and a .330 on base percentage this year. Paul Goldschmidt is batting .339 with 33 home runs and 105 RBI’s for the Cardinals this season. The projected starter for St. Louis is Jose Quintana, who is 4-5 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 122.2 innings pitched this season.

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Atlanta is 20-7 in their last 27 game one’s of a series and 55-21 in their last 76 games. The over is 5-1-2 in Atlanta’s last 8 Friday games. St. Louis is 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games and 35-16 in their last 51 home games. The under is 4-0 in St. Louis’ last 4 Friday games. Atlanta is 7-1 in these two teams last 8 head to head meetings.

Both of these teams have been playing a very high level of baseball this season and this should be a great series. St. Louis is starting Jose Quintana, who has allowed seven earned runs over his last 19.2 innings pitched. For the Braves, Spencer Strider has allowed six runs over his last 13.2 innings. I love the fact that we are getting the Cardinals as underdogs in this game and I am taking them to win at home.

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