The St Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves start their weekend series tonight from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. All MLB odds can be found at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The St. Louis Cardinals are totally focused on repeating as champs and their early season play is certainly indicative of that. They have won 4 games in a row and come into this series with a 3.5 game lead in their division as well. The Cardinals are hitting .287 as a team and have gotten solid contributions offensively from Jon Jay and David Freese thus far as both are hitting well over. 300. The starting pitching staff is pitching to a solid 2.82 ERA and they will send Jaime Garcia to the mound tonight. Garcia has a 3.76 ERA this far in 38 innings of work.
The Atlanta Braves also find themselves near the top of the NL East as they trail the Nationals by just a half game in the standings. The Braves from a statistical stand point have yet to click with the bats or with the pitching and yet still find themselves well above ,500 for the season. Tonight they will start Mike Minor in game one of this weekend set. Minor has struggled at times this season as he has let up 39 hits in just 27 innings of work.
St. Louis is 7-1 in their last eight games against a left handed starter, 9-3 in their last 12 game one of a series, and 12-2 in Garcia’s last 14 home starts against a team with a winning record. Atlanta is 5-1 in their last six games following a loss, 6-2 in their last eight road games, and 4-1 in Minors’ last five starts. Atlanta has lost their last seven games in St. Louis.
We like the over pick in this game because we do not expect either pitcher to have a stellar outing at online sportsbooks.