The St. Louis Cardinals will be facing off against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the MLB Divisional Playoffs. The series is currently tied 2-2, and this winner-take-all matchup will be televised on TBS. The game gets underway 5:02 p.m. ET.
St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Odds
Oddsmakers are listing Atlanta (-110) as the favorite over St. Louis (+100). If you think this game’s total will finish under 8 runs, then bookmakers are currently offering -115 odds. Picking the over give you -105 odds. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds sitting at Cardinals +1.5 runs (-210) and Braves -1.5 runs (+175).
Factoring in the regular season, the Braves are 99-67 straight up (SU) and 83-83 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 17.0 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 0.4 units ATS. The Cardinals are 93-73 SU and have gone 86-80 ATS. They’ve gained 4.5 units for moneyline bettors and 2.0 units ATS.
Atlanta games have an over/under record of 80-78-8 in 2019. St. Louis has been a great under bet with a total record of 69-85-12.
The right-handed Jack Flaherty is projected to start for the visiting Cardinals. Flaherty is 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 13 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA against Atlanta this year (two starts).
The Braves are countering with Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54 ERA). Foltynewicz has 105 punchouts and 37 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.25. Foltynewicz is 1-1 with 11 strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA over two starts against St. Louis this year.
Fueled by a team slash line of .243/.299/.419, St. Louis has produced 3.3 runs per game through four postseason outings. Atlanta is hitting .235/.320/.404 over four games and the team has put up 4.0 runs in the 2019 playoffs.
The Braves bullpen has registered an ERA of 4.91 and a WHIP of 1.77 this postseason, while Cardinals relievers have a 5.40 ERA and 1.71 WHIP.
St. Louis’ hitters have been paced by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and second baseman Kolten Wong. Goldschmidt is slashing .264/.350/.491 with 36 home runs, 99 RBIs and 101 runs scored, while Wong (.281/.357/.418) is up to 11 homers, 61 RBIs, 62 runs and 24 stolen bases.
Second baseman Ozzie Albies and left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. have led the Braves’ batters this year. Albies is hitting .294/.351/.498 with 25 home runs, 89 RBIs, 105 runs and 15 stolen bases, while Acuna Jr.’s line sits at .285/.371/.530 with 42 homers, 103 RBIs, 128 runs and 37 stolen bases.
The Cardinals are coming off a 5-4 victory in Game 4 of this series.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Braves, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER
The over has hit in three of Atlanta’s last seven games.
St. Louis has posted 22.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21.2 over its last five.
The Cardinals have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games. The Braves have hit 10 over their last 10.
The Cardinals have an OPS of .738 this season and an OPS of .734 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Braves’ OPS sits at .789 overall and .792 against righties.