The Cardinals had fallen four straight till they snapped out of the swoon using a 9-0 thrashing of the Cubs. Despite their recent freefall, St. Louis still managed to lay claim to the NL Central crown and must currently traveling to Atlanta to meet the NL East champs.
The Cards and the Braves fulfilled in May when Atlanta took two of three in the home and then traveled to St. Louis a couple of weeks after the same outcomes. Overall, the Braves have a advantage on the Cardinals this season.
Within this late afternoon matchup, the Cards will ship Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) into the bump where he will attempt to maintain the Braves in bay for six to seven innings prior to the aid corps arrives.
The 31-year-old veteran final took the hill on September 22nd and held the Cubs to two runs (one earned) over seven-plus innings in a 3-2 Cardinals success. Mikolas ended the regular season on an uptick with a 1-1 record and a 3.34 ERA within his five starts in September.
Atlanta will turn into Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP), who they signed midseason out of free agency, to start their postseason this afternoon.
The veteran southpaw has been a good member of the spinning for St. Louis but has since dropped his last three starts and surrendered a joint 12 runs on 21 hits over 16 innings of work. In August of 2016, Keuchel pitched against the Cards as a part of the Astros and allowed six runs on six hits over five frames in an 8-5 loss.
The MLB chances are showing the Braves as everywhere from -137 into -146 house favorites in this matchup but I believe that is giving St. Louis backers really a bit of value .
Lets not forget that Atlanta has two primary offensive performers recovering from disorders in the kinds of outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) and slugger Freddie Freeman (bone spur in right elbow). Both will play in the current match but are currently fighting injuries which should adversely influence their creation.
Furthermore, I enjoy the way St. Louis Miles Mikolas has rounded into form as the season wound versus what seems like a gassed Dallas Keuchel.
Despite the early-season struggles on the road of Mikolas, hes turned completely around more than his past four looks from Busch Stadium by enabling a six earned runs across 23 innings of work in which the Cardinals won all four of those games.
Let us consider what the oddsmakers are providing back and us the street dog in our MLB selections and watch the Cardinals go out into a 1-0 edge from the NLDS.
Score: Cardinals 6 — Braves 4
Free MLB Pick: Cardinals +132 at 5Dimes
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