Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 4/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Cardinals (1-3) at Atlanta Braves (0-3)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
C Martinez (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Teheran (0-0) (3.00)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +135 / St. Louis Cardinals -145 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSM, FSSO
We’ve got a solid National League matchup coming in the MLB on Saturday evening, as the St. Louis Cardinals travel to Atlanta to visit the Braves.
This will be game two of this series. In game one, the Cardinals came out on top after trailing 4-0 at the end of the third inning. St. Louis got three pinch-hit home runs (with Alydmys Diaz bagging the go-ahead shot in the eighth) en route to a 7-4 victory. This was St. Louis’ first win of the year, spurred on by a spattering of hits from their lineup. Matt Holliday was the only St. Louis player to get more than one hit.
The Cardinals will be rolling with right-hander Carlos Martinez on the mound on Saturday. Martinez is making his 2016 regular-season debut here, and pitched pretty well in the spring. Our last look at Martinez came in a tune-up against the Mets, where he allowed three hits with no walks and four strikeouts in six innings.
Backing up Martinez at the plate will be the usual talented group of St. Louis hitters. The two Matts--Carpenter and Holliday lead the way here. Carpenter had just one hit in the opening series, but did get an RBI and a run. As for Holliday, he provided the Cardinals with just one hit as well, but did get a pair of RBI. St. Louis’ wild card this year will be aging backstop Yadier Molina. The health of Molina will go a long way in determining the Cardinals’ success.
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As for the Braves, they will be trotting out right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran in Saturday’s game. Teheran got his season debut on Monday, where he posted a nice game in holding the Nationals to two runs over six innings. Although Teheran gave up a pair of solo homers, he kept the Braves in the game, which is really all you can ask for against a tough hitting lineup.
There’s not a lot of supreme talent in Atlanta’s hitting lineup, but they do have both power and speed. Ender Inciarte is the Braves’ resident speedster, and he came up with two hits (but no RBI, runs or swipes) in the opening series. As for power, Atlanta has Freddie Freeman carrying most of the load. Freeman put up just one hit--a solo home run--in the opening series over seven at-bats.
Trend-wise, you could have a hard time trying to find positives for either team. The Cardinals are 1-8 in their last nine road games and 1-4 overall against the National League East.
Over on the Braves’ side, they’re 4-1 in their last five games against a team with a winning percentage below .400, but just 1-6 in their last seven Saturday games.
St. Louis has to get a roll going at some point, and this is the prime opportunity to do it against a sketchy Braves team. I’m sticking with the Cardinals here; they should assert their dominance during this series.