Carlos Martinez (10-6, 2.99 ERA) and Roberto Hernandez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (58-51) and the Atlanta Braves (39-70) at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 1-0, and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 6 and can be seen on FSMW and FSSO.
Martinez pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking four in a 5-4 defeat to the Marlins. This is the first time Hernandez will take the hill this season. He pitched 84.2 innings last season, finishing 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA his last outing
The odds for St. Louis and Atlanta are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Cardinals have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 5.0 runs per game. The Cardinals are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 148. St. Louis is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.4 per game. Turning to the pitchers, the Cardinals are the second-best team in the NL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 2.6 walks per game to their opponents this season.
The Cardinals have the edge in the season series, 4-0. Martinez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 27-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
Atlanta is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta's last 10 games when playing St. Louis.
Atlanta is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis.
Atlanta is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against St. Louis.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Atlanta.
St. Louis won its last game in a shutout, its seventh of the season. Atlanta has been shut out 11 times this season.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Cardinals are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have a 16-3 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 7-47. The Cardinals have a 13-44 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 8.75 hits per game and Atlanta ranks 10th with 8.25.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.664). St. Louis ranks in the top five with an OPS of .772.
The Braves are 15-54 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 30-34 when they allow at least one homer.