The St. Louis Cardinals will start a three-game series in Atlanta on Tuesday against the Braves. St. Louis is coming off a win Sunday over the Pirates. Despite that win, the Cardinals are in last place in the National League Central and have the second-worst record in the National League.
St. Louis is 59-78 and 17.5 games back of first place. For the Atlanta Braves, they lost on Sunday, failing to sweep the four-game series in Los Angeles. The Braves still sit with the best record and need ten more wins to reach 100. The Braves are 90-46 on the season and 44-22 at home.
The Cardinals are 28-38 on the road. As of the publication of this article, there were still no official odds for this game. The Braves did not announce a starter until mid-morning the day of the game.
St. Louis Invading Hotlanta
Miles Mikolas gets the start for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 35-year-old righthander is making his 30th start of the season. His last start was solid, going six innings and allowing just three runs in a game the Cardinals beat the Padres. Mikolas is 6-10 on the season with a 4.66 run average but has been the most reliable St. Louis starting pitcher.
The Cardinals have just 25 games left, and their chances of finishing .500 or above are about done. It has been a complete disaster for Oli Marmol in his second season as the manager.
The Cardinals have a -77 run differential this season, allowing 692 runs. Offensively, the Cardinals have been alright. St. Louis is hitting 253 as a team, which ranks 13th. The pitching has been the problem, 23rd in baseball, with a 4.70 earned run average.
Paul Goldschmidt has taken over the lead in batting average for the Cardinals. The 2022 Most Valuable Player is hitting. 273, while Nolan Arenado is at .270. The slugger, third baseman, is hitting .270, with 26 home runs and 87 runs batted in.
Braves on Fire and Ready for October
The Atlanta Braves have the best run differential in Major League Baseball. The Braves have scored 11 runs shy of 800 on the season and allowed just 550. If you look at team statistics, the Braves dominate on the offensive side.
Atlanta leads all of Major League Baseball in home runs with 259. Next on the list is the Dodgers, with 213. No other team has 200+ on the season. Atlanta also has the best batting average in Major League Baseball, with a .275.
Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to mash the baseball. The favorite to win the National League MVP leads the team with a .335 batting average. In his last seven games, Acuna Jr. is 13 for 32 with four bombs. In the first three games of the series, he was 6-13, with three home runs and six runs batted in. Matt Olson is at the top of the NL list in both home runs, with 44, and runs batted in, with 113.
Michael Soroka is going to get the start for the Braves. He has only thrown 29.1 innings this season and has not made a start since July 21st. This will be his fifth start of the 2023 season.
Braves Top Cardinals
The Atlanta Braves are going to win this game. The Cardinals cannot slow down the Atlanta offense enough. Take the Braves runline, which means they win by two or more runs in the game on Tuesday against St. Louis. When official betting odds come out, grab the Braves!
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