Braves vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/5/23

St. Louis Cardinals (2-2) vs Atlanta Braves (3-1)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 1:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Miles Mikolas (0-0) (13.50) vs Bryce Elder (0-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -122 / Atlanta Braves +103 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals face off on Wednesday in an MLB showdown at Busch Stadium. The Braves have won the first two games over the Cardinals so far in this series. 

Braves Betting Preview

The Braves come into this game with a 4-1 record overall and the pitching was the difference on Tuesday. Dylan Dodd went five innings and gave up only one hit. Travis d’Arnaud finished with three hits and one run. Ronald Acuna, Matt Olson, and Austin Riley have all hit two home runs. On the mound for the Braves will be Bryce Elder who is making his first start of the season. He has been called up from AAA to replace Max Fried. 

Cardinals Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the St. Louis Cardinals who sit with a 2-3 record. On Tuesday the Cardinals gave up four runs in the first three innings and that led to the defeat. In the first game of the series the Cardinals gave up eight runs. On the mound for the Cardinals will be Miles Mikolas who sits with a 0-0 record and an ERA of 13.50. In his first start against the Toronto Blue Jays he went 3.1 innings giving up 10 hits and five runs. If the Cardinals want a chance they are going to need good pitching. 

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Braves vs Cardinals Trends

The Cardinals are 1-5 in Mikolas last six starts. The over is 5-1 in the Braves last six games against the National League Central. The under is 5-1 in Mikolas last six starts on Wednesday. The under is 8-1 in Mikolas last nine starts with four days of rest. 

Shane’s Free Pick

There is going to be no shortage of scoring in this game. Mikolas really struggled in his first start of the season, and he’s going to have issues here. I also don’t trust Elder who is coming up from AAA. I expect both offenses are going to run up the score here, and this game is going to finish with a 7-5 or 7-6 scoreline, and that will be the difference as this game is higher scoring. Back the over. 

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