Free MLB Pick 7/7/22: Cardinals @ Braves
The St. Louis Cardinals & Atlanta Braves will square off once again at Truist Park on Thursday evening.
The Braves have won the first three games of this series too, and hoist a 49-34 overall record and are closing down on the New York Mets in the National League East, a theme we have seen quite often throughout the years.
Meanwhile, St Louis has a 44-40 overall record and a good roster, but they have dropped their last four consecutive games.
The Cardinals have scored just four runs in their last four games, and two of those games were shutouts.
The Cardinals’ batting average is 4.66, which ranks them 8th in the MLB, while the Braves currently have the 4th best run average in baseball this year, averaging a very respectable 4.77 runs per game.
To date, Atlanta’s pitching staff has been the most impressive aspect of this series thus far and is one of the main reasons this team looked lifeless, and now they look like the champs again.
When it comes to scoring runs, the Braves are 11th in the league at 4.06 runs per contest.
Matthew Liberatore, the Cardinals’ starting pitcher tonight, has a 2-1 record and a 5.56 ERA.
He lasted just 2.2 innings in his last start against the Phillies, allowing seven hits and five runs. For the most part, Liberatore has been subpar this season for the Cards rotation to this point.
Strider, the Braves’ starting pitcher, with a 4-2 record and a 2.87 ERA. He lasted six innings against the Reds, allowing only one hit and one run.
The Cardinals have lost all six of their previous Thursday games (0-6).
When facing the teams from Central Division, the Atlanta Braves have also gone an almost perfect 5-1 against them.
Also, ATL has gone 4-0 in their previous four games against the spread.
In this series, the Cardinals have struggled to score, and that will be a problem in this game as well.
Despite having a 2.87 ERA, Strider’s latest outing saw him allow just one hit and one run.
The Pick: BRAVES -1.5
Strider is going to make it difficult for the Cards to plate runs. Ultimately, I strongly believe that the Braves will be too much for the Cardinals once again today.
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