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2019-05-16
St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves
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Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction & Preview

Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals 2019-05-16 MLB,

GAME SNAPSHOTWITH CURRENT LINE
#957 St. Louis Cardinals
Cardinals 9.5
 
#958 Atlanta
Braves -105
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:20pm
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GAME STATS
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS CARDINALS
A. WAINWRIGHT
23 - 19
3
W'S
3
L'S
3.95
ERA
1.25
WHIP
 
ATLANTA BRAVES
J. TEHERAN
21 - 21
2
W'S
4
L'S
4.26
ERA
1.28
WHIP
 
The St. Louis Cardinals travel to Atlanta to face the Braves on Thursday in the final game of a three-game series. The Cardinals won the opener to improve to 23-19 while the Braves fell to 21-21. Right-hander Adam Wainwright (3-3) gets the start for the Cardinals, while right-hander Julio Teheran (2-4) gets the start for the Braves. Game time is 7:20 p.m. Eastern at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.

Cardinals offense in high gear

The St. Louis Cardinals blasted starter Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves Tuesday by a score of 14-3. Marcell Ozuna got it started with a 3 run home run in the first and it was off to the races. The Cards had 4 home runs on the day, including blasts by Kolten Wong, Yadier Molina, and Dexter Fowler. Molina and Wong each had 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Jack Flaherty got the win to improve to 4-3. He pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 runs with 6 strikeouts. The Cards are 3.5 games behind the Cubs, not including Wednesday’s game.
 
The Cardinals average 5.2 runs per game, which is 7th in the MLB. They hit .262 as a team, which is 2nd in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .430, which is 13th. Jose Martinez leads the Cards with an average of .336 with 3 HRs and 20 RBIs. His .336 batting average is 4th in the MLB. Marcell Ozuna is batting .237 with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs. His 37 RBIs are 5th in the MLB. Molina is hitting .283 with 4 HRs and 30 RBIs, while Fowler is hitting .305. Also, Paul DeJong is batting .321 with 7 HRs and 19 RBIs, while Goldschmidt is hitting .269 with 10 HRs and 23 RBIs.
The Cardinals have a team ERA of 5.24, which is 7th in the MLB. They have a team WHIP of 1.28, which is 10th in the league. Adam Wainwright gets the start for the Cardinals on Thursday. The right-hander is 3-3  this year with a 4.15 ERA.
 

Braves pitching continues to struggle

The Braves are looking to bounce back from a 14-3 thrashing they received from the Cardinals. Starter Mike Fotynewicz got pounded for 8 runs in 4.2 innings. He fell to 0-3 on the year. There weren’t many highlights as the Braves only managed to get 3 hits off of Cardinals pitching. They fell to 21-21, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East.
The Braves average 4.7 runs per game, which is 15th in the MLB, They are batting .257 as a team, which is 5th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .432, which is 10th. Nick Markakis leads the Braves with an average of .303 with 4 HR and 22 RBIs. Freddie Freeman is hitting .305 with 7 HRs and 22 RBIs, while Ozzie Albies is batting .279 with 7 HRs and 18 RBIs. Also, Ronald Acuna is batting .272 with 7 HRs and 26 RBIs and Darby Swanson is batting .273 with 6 HRs and 25 RBIs.
Pitching has not been the Braves strong suit as they are 20th in the league with a team ERA of 4.61. They have a WHIP of 1.43, which is 24th. Julio Teheran gets the start for Atlanta. The right hander is 2-4 with an ERA of 4-26. But he was great in his last outing, a no-decision, holding the Diamondbacks to 1 run in 6 innings of work.












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