St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Game 2 Odds - Free Prediction

October 4, 4:37 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Cardinals -132 / Braves +110
8 runs

This is Game 2 of the NLDS, and in Game 1, the Cardinals beat the Braves 7-6. The Cardinals scored seven runs on 14 hits, and the Braves scored six runs on nine hits. The game was tied going into the 9th inning at 3-3, and the Cardinals scored four runs to take a 7-3 lead, and the Braves scored three runs, but it was not enough. St. Louis scored six of their seven runs in the last two innings.

The Cardinals have now won two in a row, overall, while the Braves have lost their last four and six of their previous seven games.

This season the Cardinals rank 19th in runs scored and 5th in team ERA, and the Braves rank 7th in runs scored and 10th in team ERA.

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Pitching Match Up

St. Louis: Jack Flaherty (11-8 2.75 ERA)
Atlanta: Mike Foltynewicz (8-6 4.54 ERA)

The Cardinals have won two of Flaherty's last three starts, and his last one of the regular season was a gem tossing seven scoreless innings and only allowing two hits in seven innings in a 9-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. He has not allowed any earned runs in his last two starts and has only allowed one in his previous three starts. Flaherty’s two starts against the Braves this season, which were both in May, the Cardinals were 1-1 and, in the win, which was in Atlanta, he gave up three earned runs in six innings and the loss he did not give up any earned runs in six innings but issued five walks. In Flaherty's last 15 starts of the season, he was lights out going 7-2 with an ERA of only 0.91. However, the Cardinals have lost four of his last five road starts against a team with a winning record.

The Braves had won 12 in a row with Foltynewicz on the hill before losing his last start of the season where he gave up three earned runs on three hits, two of them were HR, in a 3-0 loss to the New York Mets. He did not give up more than one earned run in his previous four starts, and in his last home start, which was the one before his last one, he pitched eight scoreless innings and only gave up three hits in a 6-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. Foltynewicz was shelled at home in his first start against the Cardinals on May 14th, giving up eight earned runs in four 2/3 innings in a 14-3 Atlanta loss, but ten days later facing them gave up no earned runs in six innings in a 5-2 Atlanta win. The Braves have won Foltynewicz’s last five home starts.

Betting Angles

The Cardinals are 10-3 in their last 13 road games against the Braves. In the last 25 games between these teams, the Over record is 18-7. In the last eight games between these teams in Atlanta, the Over record is 7-1.

Straight Up / Over/Under / Run Line Records

St. Louis Cardinals: 92-71 SU / O/U 70-85 / Run Line W/L 89-74
Atlanta Braves: 97-66 SU / O/U 77-78 / Run Line W/L 82-81

Key Betting Trends

  • STL is 34-16 in their last 50 games
  • STL is 7-2 in their last nine road games
  • STL has an Over record of 5-0 in their previous five games
  • ATL is 13-5 in their last 18 home games against a right-hand starter
  • ATL is 1-6 in their last seven games
  • ATL has an Under record of 15-6 in their previous 21 home games

Team Info

The Cardinals took Game 1 of this NLDS, and they had lost their previous six playoff road games. Five players had two hits for the Cardinals in Game 1, and they came back from being down 3-1 in the 8th inning. Marcell Ozuna was one of those players, and he had a two-run double in the 9th inning to break the 3-3 tie, and he has four multi-hit games in his last six games. All-Star Ronald Acuna Jr. thought he had a HR and did not run hard in what turned out to be a long single, which would likely easily been a double. On August 18th, he did the same thing and was then benched for his lack of hustle, but don't look for that to happen to be the NLDS. Freddie Freeman hit a 460 foot HR in the 9th inning to get the Braves to within one run, and against the Cardinals, this season, he is 10 for 25 with three HR, four RBI, and seven runs scored.

Key Injuries

CARDINALS SP Michael Wacha is out indefinitely, and RP Brett Cecil is out until mid-October. BRAVES RP Chris Martin is out indefinitely.

Cards vs. Braves Prediction 10/4/19

The Braves took a tough loss in Game 1 and look to bounce back in this game to even the series. Great pitching matchup, and Flaherty has not given up any earned runs in his last two starts, which spanned 14 innings. Foltynewicz was lights out for four starts before giving up three earned runs in four 2/3 innings in his previous spring. This game will be a pitcher's duel, and Foltynewicz will get back on track and out-duel Flaherty. Unlike Game 1, the Braves bullpen will do their job, and in a low scoring affair, Atlanta will win Game 2 and tie this series, as they head to St. Louis.
Free Pick: 
Take the Braves +110