In the first of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (57-51) and the Atlanta Braves (39-69) at Busch Stadium, Jaime Garcia (7-8, 4.30 ERA) and Joel De La Cruz (0-3, 3.80 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 5 and will air on FSMW and FSSO.
In his last start, Garcia pitched 3.1 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking one in an 11-0 loss to the Marlins. Brandon Moss (.267, 43 Rs, 18 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Braves were victorious over the Phillies 2-1 the last time De La Cruz pitched. He went 4.1 innings, allowing zero runs and walking two.
St. Louis is a heavy -215 favorite at home and the Over/Under (O/U) for this matchup is set at eight runs. The Cardinals are 40-33 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -101. The Cardinals have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. The Cardinals are a power hitting team with 148 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fifth in the NL with an average of only 7.9 strikeouts per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Cardinals don't give up many walks to opposing batters at Busch Stadium, ranking fourth in the NL with only 2.7 walks allowed per home game.
On the other side, the Braves have a subpar record of 35-59 when they are the underdog and are -1,096 overall with the money line.
The previous three games have all gone St. Louis's way. This game will feature De La Cruz (RHP) on the mound against the Cardinals, who have a 43-33 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Garcia will take the mound against the Braves. Against lefty starters this season, they have an awful 12-26 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Under
Atlanta recorded at least two errors for the 21st time this season.
The Cardinals didn't score any runs in their last game. The Braves have a 7-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 7-47. The Cardinals have a 12-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 66 this season. St. Louis ranks fourth with 148 home runs.
St. Louis and Atlanta both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. St. Louis sits at sixth with 8.86 hits per game and Atlanta ranks 10th with 8.32.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.667). St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .774.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 15-54. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have a 30-34 record.