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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (45-49) at St. Louis Cardinals (62-34)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Manny Banuelos (1-1) (1.08) vs. C Martinez (10-4) (2.51)

The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -173 / Atlanta Braves +163 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Midwest, FS-South

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves face off on Friday in game one of their MLB series

The St. Louis Cardinals are extending their lead in the National league Central and have the best overall record in baseball. The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 33-12 at home, and they have a 5.5 game lead over the Pirates in the NL Central. As a team the Cardinals are .257 with Jhonny Peralta hitting .299, Yadier Molina hitting .290, and Jason Heyward hitting .284. The Cardinals pitching staff has an ERA of 2.67 with the starters at 2.83 and the bullpen at 2.35. For game one against the Braves the Cardinals start Tim Cooney who has allowed 23 hits and nine earned runs while striking out 24 over 24.1 innings for a 0-0 record and a 3.33 ERA.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Braves are five games under .500 and in third place in the National League East. The Braves are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 19-30 on the road, and they are seven games back in the NL East. As a team the Braves are hitting .253 with Nick Markakis hitting .289, Juan Uribe hitting .285, and Cameron Maybin hitting .284. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 4.20. For game one the Braves start Manuel Banuelos who has allowed 13 hits and two runs while striking out 13 over 16.2 innings for a 1-1 record and a 1.08 ERA.

St. Louis is 5-1 in their last six games, 47-16 as a favorite, and 0-4 in Cooney’s last four starts. Atlanta is 4-1 in game one of a series, 3-8 in their last 11 games, and 0-5 in their last five road games. Atlanta is 2-5 in their last seven games in St. Louis.

Tis should be a defensive battle and my pick here is the under which is currently at 8.

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Under 8

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