When the St. Louis Cardinals travel to Atlanta to meet the Braves Friday afternoon, it will be the first one-game wild card playoff under the new postseason system implemented this year. The first pitch of this historic occasion is scheduled to be thrown in Turner Field at 5:07 PM ET with the contest televised nationally on TBS.
St. Louis finished the regular season with an 88-74 record. They were 7-3 in their last 10, grinding out a 1-0 victory over NL Central division winner Cincinnati to end the year on Wednesday. They had a poor 38-43 road record during the regular season.
Atlanta, on the other hand, was by far the prominent wild card choice for most of 2012. They finished 94-68, also winning 7 of their last 10 and shutting out Pittsburgh 4-0 in the last game. They were 48-33 at home.
The pitching matchup features two solid righthanders with Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.86 ERA) going for the Cards and part time starter/reliever Kris Medlen (10-1, 1.57 ERA) going for the Braves. Against right-handed pitchers, the Cards went 57-57 over the regular season, and 5-3 in their last 10. Also against righties, the Braves were 64-37 overall, going 6-1 in their last 10 games.Check the MLB Baseball Odds for Cardinals vs. Braves Game.
St. Louis is 12-4 SU in their last 16 games, and 4-1 SU in their last 5 on the road. The total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 9 games, and UNDER in 6 of their last 8 road affairs. The Braves are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games, and 10-1 SU in their last 11 at home. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 games, and UNDER in 19 of their previous 25 at home.
These two teams have not faced each other since May, but for what it’s worth, Atlanta took 5 of those 6 meetings. The Cardinals are just 1-5 SU against Atlanta. The total has gone OVER in 5 of 5 games between them, and OVER in 9 of the last 10 games played between them in Atlanta. Start your MLB Betting on Cardinals vs. Braves Game.
The Braves are a solid home favorite from SBG Global Sportsbook at a -$160, while St. Louis is a +$150. As the favorite, the Braves are 64-41 on the season, and 5-2 in their last 10 games. As the dog, the Cards are 19-25 overall, and 1-0 in their last 10. The under/over is 6.5 total runs on a $125/$100 moneyline.
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