The Cardinals had fallen four straight until they snapped using a 9-0 thrashing of the Cubs in their season finale. Despite their recent freefall, St. Louis still managed to lay claim to the NL Central crown and must currently travel to Atlanta to meet the NL East champs.
The Cards and the Braves fulfilled in May when Atlanta took two of three in home and then traveled to St. Louis a few weeks later with exactly the very same results. Overall, the Braves maintain a 4-2 advantage on the Cardinals in their meetings this year.
Within this late afternoon matchup, the Cards will send Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) to the bump where he will try to hold the Braves in bay for six to seven innings before the relief corps takes place.
The 31-year-old veteran last took the hill on September 22nd and held that the Cubs to two runs (one earned) over seven-plus innings in a 3-2 Cardinals victory. Mikolas ended the regular season on an uptick with a 1-1 record and a 3.34 ERA over his five starts in September.
Atlanta will turn into Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP), that they signed midseason out of free agency, to start their postseason this day.
The veteran southpaw was a solid member of the spinning for St. Louis but has dropped his past 3 starts and also surrendered a combined 12 runs on 21 hits over 16 innings of work. As a member of the Astros, Keuchel pitched against the Cards and allowed six runs on six hits over five frames at an 8-5 loss.
The MLB chances are revealing the Braves as anywhere from -137 into -146 house favorites in this matchup however I believe that is providing St. Louis backers really a lot of value .
Lets not overlook that Atlanta has two key offensive performers recovering from ailments in the forms of outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) and slugger Freddie Freeman (bone spur in right elbow). Both will play in the match of today but are currently fighting with .
Furthermore, I like how St. Louis Miles Mikolas has rounded into shape as the season wound versus what appears like a gassed Dallas Keuchel.
He has turned that around within his last four appearances from Busch Stadium by letting a six earned runs across 23 innings of work in which the Cardinals won all four of those games.
Lets take what the oddsmakers are currently providing back and us the road dog and watch the Cardinals move out into a 1-0 edge in the NLDS.
Last Score: Cardinals 6 — Braves 4
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