St Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves
Fri, Oct 4 - 4:37p ET   |   TBS   |   SunTrust Park, NLDS - GAME 2, STL leads 1-0
By Landon Smith

St. Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves NLDS Game 2 MLB Preview / Baseball Free Picks

After mounting a late-game comeback to win 7-6 in Game 1, the St. Louis Cardinals aim to grab a commanding 2-0 series lead in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.

Betting Odds & Stats

St. Louis CardinalsLinesAtlanta Braves
-123Opening Odds+113
-123 (130)Spread+113 (-150)
Over 8 (-120)TotalUnder 8 (100)
St. Louis CardinalsConcensusAtlanta Braves
Over 26%TotalUnder 74%
St. Louis CardinalsScore and statAtlanta Braves
9Predicted Score10
Jack FlahertyStatsMike Foltynewicz

St. Louis Cardinals -123


St. Louis Cardinals Starting Pitcher

Note: Flaherty enters the playoffs with back-to-back scoreless outings and a sizzling 7-2 record and 0.91 ERA in his last 15 starts, helping him capture NL Pitcher of the Month honors for both August and September.

The Cardinals’ big offseason acquisition, Paul Goldschmidt, proved his worth in the opening game of this series by going 2-for-4 with a solo jack. Overall, the bats were strong for St. Louis, compiling 14 hits and of course the seven runs needed to secure the victory. As for the bullpen, the relievers pitched well outside of Martinez’s rough end to the night.

The 23-year-old Flaherty was a complete stud in the second half of the season with the Cards winning 10 of his 15 outings as he went 7-2 with a sparkling 0.91 ERA. He also had a 0.715 WHIP and a K/9 rate (11.2) that was 1.3 points higher than in the first half.

The Saint Louis Cardinals come into this matchup with a 1-0 record in the series, and they will be looking to continue their success after beating the Atlanta Braves on the road, 7-6. Miles Mikolas received the starting nod for the Saint Louis Cardinals, and he had success as he gave up 1 earned run in 5 innings.

Marcel Ozuna had a solid game from the plate for the Cardinals as he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600, Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 Friday games.


Bet This Match
Margin of victory: Cardinals by 1-2 runs +275BET HERE
Odd/Even Total Runs: Even +130BET HERE

Atlanta Braves +113


Atlanta Braves Starting Pitcher

Note: Foltynewicz finished the regular season with a flourish by posting a 6-0 record over a nine-start stretch before surrendering two homers in four innings of a 3-0 setback at the New York Mets on Saturday.

There was some heat surrounding 2018 NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. for his lack of hustle (not the first time) in last night’s game, although the center-fielder went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs. First baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with a dinger as well, but the rest of the lineup wasn’t nearly as productive.

After spending July in the minors following a rough first half, Foltynewicz was quite effective after his return to the Braves. He had an elevated 6.37 ERA in the first half and Atlanta won just four of his 11 starts. However, in the second half, the Braves won nine of his 10 outings and he had an impressive 2.65 ERA.

The Atlanta Braves won 50 of their 81 home games during the regular season and now will have to win at least one game on the road to win this best-of-five series. In Game One, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman homered during a ninth inning rally that came up just short. Eight Atlanta pitchers gave up 14 hits and walked six batters in defeat.

Dallas Keuchel received the starting nod for the Atlanta Braves, and he had success as he gave up 1 earned run in 4.2 innings. Ronald Acuna Jr. had a big game from the plate for the Atlanta Braves as he went 3 for 4 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs.

Braves are 1-5 in their last 6 games on grass, Braves are 1-5 in their last 6 Divisional Playoff games, Braves are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.

The Picks: Atlanta Braves +113, Under 8


St. Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves Extra Points
Freeman launched a solo shot in the ninth inning to cap a two-hit performance on Thursday, improving to 10-for-25 with three homers, four RBIs and seven runs scored versus St. Louis in 2019.
Ozuna, whose two-run double snapped a tie in the ninth inning in Game 1, has four multi-hit performances in his last six contests.
Acuna was benched by Brian Snitker after his previous base-running blunder in August, although the manager is not expected repeat his actions with his All-Star on Friday.




By Landon Smith, on 4:37p ET