The ST LOUIS and the ATLANTA will both be gunning for a victory on 5/16/2019 at 7:20 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
ST LOUIS vs ATLANTA
GAME: St. Louis Cardinals (23-20) at Atlanta Braves (22-21)
DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 16 – 7:20 PM EST
WHERE: SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Georgia
|957||ST LOUIS||9.5 (-110)
TV: 7:20 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS Southeast (Atlanta)
PREDICTION: Braves 7, Cardinals 5
Oddsmakers currently have the ATLANTA listed as -105 point favorites versus the ST LOUIS, while the game’s total is sitting at 9.5.
The newest piece of the Atlanta Braves’ constant young wave of talent has arrived in the major leagues, and Austin Riley will look to continue making an impact in Thursday’s series finale at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. One of the top-ranked prospects in the Braves minor-league system homered in his big-league debut Wednesday, helping power Atlanta to its fourth victory in five games with a 4-0 win that evened the three-game series at one game apiece.
Promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Wednesday after outfielder Ender Inciarte landed on the injured list with a lumbar strain in his back, the 22-year-old Riley finished 1-for-3 with a 438-foot homer leading off the fourth inning, helping 21-year-old Mike Soroka get his fourth win and lower his ERA to 0.98 in six starts. After scoring 14 runs in the series opener, St. Louis was limited to three hits in falling for the 10th time in its past 13 games. Third baseman Matt Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk and is hitting just .199 on the season, batting .115 in his past eight games with six strikeouts and one extra-base hit in that span. Shortstop Paul DeJong collected one hit in four at-bats, and is batting .400 in eight career games against the Braves entering the series finale.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (3-3, 4.15 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (2-4, 4.26)
Wainwright already has made as many starts this season as he did in an injury-marred 2018 (eight), and the 14-year veteran has given up more than three earned runs only twice. The 37-year-old got a no-decision Friday against Pittsburgh despite not walking a hitter and allowing only one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in a season-best seven innings. Wainwright, who has posted a 3.66 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings in his past seven starts, is 9-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.284 WHIP in 18 career games (13 starts) against Atlanta.
Teheran has not recorded a decision in his first two May starts but has shaved more than a run off his ERA, giving up just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in 12 innings against Miami and Arizona. The 28-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer four times in his past six outings, including six innings of two-hit shutout pitching against Miami on May 5 and one run on three hits surrendered at Arizona on Friday. Teheran, who has held right-handed batters to a .198 average this season, is 2-3 in six lifetime starts against St. Louis with a 3.18 ERA.
1. St. Louis OF Marcell Ozuna leads the majors in homers with runners on base (eight).
2. Atlanta promoted RHP Touki Toussaint from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated LHP Jesse Biddle for assignment prior to Wednesday’s game.
3. Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is hitting .344 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 10 walks in 20 road games this season.
PREDICTION: Braves 7, Cardinals 5