The Atlanta Braves wrap up a three-game series on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon as they look for the sweep after Tuesday’s 4-1 victory. Rookie right-hander Bryce Elder will get the start here to replace the injured Max Fried.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been slow out of the gates, as they are 2-3 so far and are looking to avoid being swept. They are sending righty Miles Mikolas to pitch here, and he did not factor into the decision last time out against the Toronto Blue Jays as he pitched 3.1 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits with a hit by pitch and six strikeouts.
Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Betting Odds
|Atlanta Braves||+1.5 (-175)||Over 9 (-110)||+115|
|St. Louis Cardinals||-1.5 (-+150)||Under 9 (-110)||-135|
Odds Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook
Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Key Stats
The Atlanta Braves have been doing incredibly well at the plate as a team. They are seventh in the sport with a .825 OPS, producing 5.4 runs per game thus far. Right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr has done well to kick off the 2023 season and has a 1.122 OPS with two homers, four RB, and a pair of stolen bases on three attempts. If he can continue to showcase his power and speed, the Braves will be in a great spot.
We have not seen much of Bryce Elder in the major leagues, as he is a career 2-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 54 innings. This will be his first time going up against the St. Louis Cardinals in his career, so things will be interesting there. Edler did not pitch well in his four Spring Training games (three starts) and was 1-2 with a 6.17 ERA, a .256 batting average against and a 1.37 WHIP. If he can figure out how to pitch well here against a formidable lineup, it will do wonders for him potentially staying with the big league club once Fried is healthy.
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have been an excellent team offensively thus far. They rank fourth in MLB with a .889 team OPS while scoring 5.4 runs per game up to this point. Designated hitter Nolan Gorman has been on fire to begin the year, as he has a 1.647 OPS with two home runs, six RBI and a 5:4 walk-to-strikeout ratio. If he can continue to see the ball as well as he has, it will make this St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup much deeper.
Miles Mikolas is getting the start for the Cardinals and is looking to bounce back after his tough Opening Day start against the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s not going to be easy, though, as the Braves are an excellent team as well, and he has some experience against them. Mikolas faced them once last season and lost, allowing three runs on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings. If he can produce that type of performance here against one of the elite lineups, the Cardinals will be in a good position to win this game.
Fixture: Atlanta Braves @ St. Louis Cardinals
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 1:15 p.m. EDT
Venue: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals: Betting Prediction
There is a clear difference in the ability of these starting pitchers, as Atlanta had to go to a minor leaguer that struggled in Spring Training due to Max Fried’s hamstring injury. St. Louis has a solid starting pitcher in Miles Mikolas, who had difficulties in his first start of the season and should be able to recoup from that. Both lineups have been hitting the ball well, and it is extremely difficult to sweep a good team like St. Louis, so go with them to win the last game of this series and avoid being swept here.