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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick - 8/23/13

Atlanta Braves (77-50) at St. Louis Cardinals (74-53)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Kris Medlen (R) (10-10) (3.724) vs. Adam Wainwright (R) (14-7) (2.657)

St. Louis Cardinals -158 / Atlanta Braves +148 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals get back together Friday after Thursday's opener went the way of St. L 6-2.

The Cards rolled due to a three-run fifth inning and outstanding pithching. The bullpen yielded two hits, one walk and no runs during three frames alone. Atlanta only scored during the top of the fifth on Justin Upton's home run. St. Louis got on the scoreboard initially with David Freese's groundout an inning earlier.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick - 8/23/13

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The Cardinals also got runs in via Matt Carpenter's double, Carlos Beltran's double, Matt Holliday's double, Luis Ayala's (0-1, 2.61 ERA) wild pitch and David Freese's single. The Braves finished with as many hits (nine), but were 0-of-3 with Runners In Scoring Position. Atlanta stranded eight runners on base to boot.

The Braves hand the baseball to Kris Medlen (10-11, 3.71 ERA), who last threw three frames of relief at Turner Field to the Washington Nationals Aug. 17. Medlen took an 8-7 loss, allowing one run. Prior at Turner Medlen has given up three or fewer runs 10 times, twice going less than six innings.

Medlen is 5-6 at Turner Field also faltering to the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Washington, seeing in 16 runs during 24 frames. Medlen's victories saw the opposition get in 10 runs, seven earned, during 33 innings. On July 28, St. L fell 5-2 to Medlen, who offered six two-run frames. The Cards are 13-of-51 with seven RBIs, three Matt Adams' and two Beltran's, against Medlen who is 5-5 on the road, 4-2 in his last six away decisions.

St. Louis' Adam Wainwright (14-7 2.66 ERA) began the year sizzling, winning four, three and four times the first three months of the season. Unfortunately, Wainwright went 2-1 in July (the Cardinals were 3-3 for the month), and is 1-1 thus far in August,. St. L is 2-1. Wainwright's last five appearances have been of the seven-inning variety, although the Cards are just 2-3, winning the last two. Wainwright began the year 8-1 on the road, conceding 12 runs during 60.2 frames in wins.

Wainwright, however, is 1-1 in five away appearances since he's been with St. Louis, coming out on top only twice. At Atlanta July 26, Wainwright fell 4-1, surrendering four runs, three earned, during seven innings. Wainwright, though, is 5-5 at Busch Stadium this season. The Braves may be 28-of-130 with 14 RBIs, four Dan Uggla's, versus Wainwright, but Atlanta will snatch a win.

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