We've got a tremendous Sunday Night Baseball matchup in St. Louis tonight as the Cardinals host the Atlanta Braves with massive playoff implications.
Atlanta sits three games behind the New York Mets in the NL East, hoping to avoid the Wild Card round. St. Louis, meanwhile, utilized an August surge to take a commanding six-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central, though the Cardinals know they need to maintain that gap to avoid a meltdown.
Jake Odorizzi takes the mound for Atlanta with a 3.95 ERA this month. He's coming off six strong innings in which he allowed just one run to Pittsburgh, but did give up five runs to the Mets in his start before that.
St. Louis turns to Adam Wainwright, winning three of his last four home starts. Wainwright has a 2.11 ERA at Busch Stadium this year, though the dangerous Braves lineup is always lurking.
Who has the edge in this potential playoff preview? Let's peak at the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook to help find out:
Braves vs Cardinals Odds, Run Line and Total
Braves vs Cardinals Prediction and Pick
This one should be a doozy. Both lineups are among MLB's best, with the Cardinals leading MLB in OPS in August and the Braves ranking fourth. It's no wonder 26 runs were scored in the first two games of the series.
We should see another high-scoring contest tonight. I don't have much faith in Jake Odorizzi nor Adam Wainwright, and these offenses are too electric to fade right now.
Odorizzi, in particular, has been brutal on the road. He posted an expected FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) above 5.44 in three of his last four starts away from home, which would easily be the worst mark in MLB over the course of the season.
Wainwright has been better, but he still has an expected FIP above 6.57 in two of his last four starts. He walked four batters in his most recent outing, and Atlanta has the power to make him pay for those mistakes.
Because both pitchers can't be trusted and each lineup can, I'm rocking with the over on Sunday Night Baseball. It's 7-0-2 in Atlanta's last nine games as road underdogs and hit in three straight games for both clubs. Look for fireworks on full display in what should be a wild atmosphere.
Pick: Over 8.5 (-115)
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