Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.14 ERA) and Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 4.60 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals (58-52) and the Atlanta Braves (40-70) at Busch Stadium. The Braves won the last game 13-5, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on FSMW and FSSO.
Wainwright pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking two in a 7-5 defeat to the Reds. Brandon Moss (.263, 44 Rs, 18 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run. Foltynewicz went 5.1 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out four and walking three in a 5-3 defeat to the Pirates in his most recent start. Freddie Freeman (.280, 57 Rs, 19 HRs, 46 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Braves, going 3 for 3 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
This one isn't expected to be close when St. Louis, a big -255 favorite, takes on Atlanta. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The Cardinals have an overall money line of -1 and a record as the favorite of 41-33. 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 149. 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.
Over in the other dugout, Atlanta is coming in with an overall money line of -1,079 and a disappointing record of 36-60 as the underdog.
The Cardinals lead the season series, 4-1. The Cardinals have a 44-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Foltynewicz takes the mound. Wainwright (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 27-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Under
For the 16th time this season, the Cardinals registered at least two errors in a game.
The Cardinals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Braves who are coming in with a 14-19 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 7-47. The Cardinals have a 13-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 70 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 149.
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 (.669). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .772.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 16-54. When the Cardinals allow one or more homers, they have a 30-35 record.