Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 4/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (2-3) at Atlanta Braves (0-4)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Turner Field)
A Wainwright (0-1) (4.50) vs. W Perez (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +155 / St. Louis Cardinals -165 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSM, FSSO
Early Sunday afternoon in the MLB, we’ve got game three of the weekend series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves coming our way from Turner Field.
The Cardinals have won both games of this series so far, outscoring the Braves by a combined 19-6. Saturday’s game two was a 12-2 St. Louis win, with the team slapping 14 hits overall.
In Sunday’s game three series finale, the Cardinals will be trotting out right-hander Adam Wainwright. In his season debut, Wainwright took the loss against Pittsburgh, allowing three earned runs in six innings of work. It was an outing full of control issues on a cold day for Wainwright, as he struck out just three batters.
Adding firepower at the plate is a pretty tepid Cardinals lineup. Matt Carpenter and Brandon Moss are the team’s resident power hitters, and each guy should finish the season around the 20-homer mark. In Saturday’s game, Carpenter slapped a pair of hits with an RBI and a run. As for Moss, he finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs.
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Over on the Braves’ side, they’ll be using right-hander Williams Perez for Sunday’s matchup. It’s something of a surprise that Perez even made the rotation, given the competition he was facing for a slot, but with a strong spring showing he’s getting his chance now to show Atlanta what he can do. In 2015, Perez posted 20 starts with a 7-6 record and 73 strikeouts.
Backing up Perez at the plate, we’ve got a few notable names in the Braves lineup. Freddie Freeman will be carrying the power load. Freeman was 1-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday’s game. Also of note is third baseman Adonis Garcia, who should finish with around 15 homers by season’s end. Garcia had a rough go of things on Saturday, posting an 0-for-4 line with two strikeouts.
Now let’s move on and check out a few of the noteworthy trends for this game. The Cardinals are 4-0 in Wainwright’s last four starts on six days’ rest, and 14-4 in Wainwright’s last 18 road starts against a team with a losing record.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 7-18 in their last 25 game threes of a series, but 4-1 in Perez’s last five starts overall.
I’m not too thrilled about the Cardinals this season, but I’m even less so about the Braves. With Wainwright on the mound, it’s tough to make a case for anything but a Cardinals victory here.