In this National League matchup, the Braves (90-47, 44-23 home) play host to the Cardinals (60-78, 29-38 away) at Truist Park. Taking the mound for the Braves is Spencer Strider, while the Cardinals will go with Dakota Hudson. Check out my pick for two of this Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals matchup.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS VS ATLANTA BRAVES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Atlanta Braves -1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Truist Park at 7:20 ET on Wednesday, September 6th.
WHY BET THE ATLANTA BRAVES:
- Against the runline, the Braves have gone 7-3 in their ten games at home.
- Over their previous ten games as the underdog, the Cardinals are just 4-6 vs. the runline.
- Opponents are hitting just .118 against Spencer Strider in his last five starts.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
Through 138 games, the Cardinals have a record of 60-78. This mark includes going 16-23-5 across their 44 series. Currently, St. Louis is 5th in the NL Central and have a 31-40 record at home while going 29-38 on the road. So far, the Cardinals have gone 34-47 against teams with above .500 records.
Dakota Hudson is off to a strong start in 2023, with an overall record of 5-1 and ERA of 4.02. On the road, he has gone 1-1 with an ERA of 4.02, while at home he has been perfect at 4-0 and 3.45 ERA. His season-long WHIP stands at 1.30, with opponents batting .245 against him and slugging .401.
Dakota Hudson’s last outing resulted in a quality start, but the Cardinals still fell to the Pirates 4-2. Despite not earning a decision, Hudson pitched seven innings and only allowed one earned run on three hits.
Offensively, St. Louis is ranked 17th in the league with an average of 4.5 runs per game. When looking over their last five matchups, the Cardinals averaged 5.8 runs per contest, which is 7th best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, St. Louis is 7th in all of baseball, with a total of 190 home runs.
The Cardinals have seen Jordan Walker lead the team in hits over their last five games, with a batting average of .542. For the 2023 season, Walker has hit for a .279 average and has driven in 44 runs.
WILL THE ATLANTA BRAVES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Overall, the Braves have a record of 90-47 which has them 1st in the NL East. Atlanta has rattled off seven straight series victories and have an overall series record of 32-9-3. This season, Atlanta is 44-23 at home and 46-24 on the road.
Spencer Strider will take the mound for Atlanta with an impressive 16-4 record. The right-hander has made 27 appearances this season, boasting a 3.56 ERA and 13.84 K/9 ratio. His FIP is 2.81 and opponents have managed to get on base against him at a .267 clip.
Spencer Strider was the victor in the Braves’ 8-7 triumph over the Dodgers, despite surrendering four runs on four hits.
So far this season, the Braves’ has gone deep 263 times, placing them 1st in the league. Over Atlanta’s previous five games, they are 15th in runs scored, with their season average of 5.8 runs per game putting them 1st in the league. The Braves’ overall team batting average stands at .275 along with an OBP of .344.
The Atlanta Braves’ offense has been on a roll lately, with Ozzie Albies leading the way. During their last five games, Albies has tallied the most hits with a .358 batting average. On the season, he is hitting .271 and has driven in 91 runs.