St. Louis Cardinals (35-35) vs. Atlanta Braves (32-35)
June 20, 2021 2:10 pm EDT
The Line: Atlanta Braves / St. Louis Cardinals ; Over/Under: -
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves meet Sunday in game one of an MLB doubleheader at Truist Park. The Cardinals need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Braves need a win after losing six of their last nine games.
The St. Louis Cardinals have scored two runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Cardinals have lost eight of their last 10 games when scoring three or less runs. Tommy Edman leads the Cardinals with 74 hits and 18 RBI while Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt have combined for 134 hits and 78 RBI. Adam Wainwright gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. Wainwright is 9-4 with a 3.63 ERA and 70 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Atlanta Braves have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Braves have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 67 hits and 43 RBI while Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies have combined for 130 hits and 76 RBI. Bryse Wilson gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Wilson’s second career game against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 0-6 in their last 6 road games and 4-11 in their last 15 overall. The Braves are 52-25 in their last 77 Sunday games. The under is 5-1 in Cardinals last 6 overall. The over is 4-1 in Braves last 5 overall. The Cardinals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta.
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I’m not running to the window to back either of these teams with the way they’re playing, but the Braves are in slightly better form, have home field advantage and have an offense that’s heating up. The Cardinals are ice cold right now and the offense isn’t helping. I’ll lean toward the Braves here, but there’s better options on a loaded Sunday baseball card.