A pair of second-place teams continue their four-game series in Atlanta on Tuesday. The St. Louis Cardinals continued their tough road trip, falling to the Braves in the series opener, 6-3, on July 4.
It was the fourth loss in the last five games for St. Louis and continued the team’s struggles when it leaves the comfort of the Central Division. Let’s break down the MLB odds for tonight’s matchup!
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves
Tuesday, July 05, 2022 – 07:20 PM EDT at Truist Park
The Cardinals are in the middle of a 14-game stretch against National League East foes, followed by three games against West leader Los Angeles. The Cardinals are 10-17 against teams from the AL and NL East and 3-8 against NL East teams that, like the Braves, are over .500.
The Braves, meanwhile, won for the third time in their last four games and are following up one of the best Junes in team history with a 3-1 start to July. Both teams are currently in line for a Wild Card berth. The Braves are three and a half games out in the NL East, while the Cardinals are three back in the Central.
In a game delayed more than two and a half hours by rain, the Cardinals fell behind early and were unable to complete a rally. Nolan Arenado struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth and Albert Pujols ended the game with a bases full grounder, bringing St. Louis to 11 men left on base in a frustrating evening.
The Cardinals got another short start as Dakota Hudson was able to last just four innings on Monday, putting pressure on a St. Louis bullpen that has already been reorganized once in the last month to try to find answers on the mound.
Cardinals Bullpen Hit by Injuries
The bullpen situation got even cloudier after Johan Oviedo took a line drive off his pitching hand. Initial x-rays were negative, but he's still going to be day-to-day as he deals with the bruising and pain.
St. Louis will turn to a rookie to try to even up the series on Tuesday, as right-hander Andre Pallante takes the mound. He's 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA. Pallante has started five of his last six appearances after coming out of the bullpen for his first 18 outings this season. He's lost his last three decisions, and the Cardinals have lost the last four games in which he's pitched.
The Braves are continuing the run they started in June, as Atlanta keeps winning into July. The Braves tied a team record with a 21-6 record in June, matching their most wins in a month since moving to Atlanta. They've cut seven games off the Mets' division lead and went from four games under .500 to 11 over.
Dansby Swanson has led the way, getting 37 hits in June, the most by a Braves shortstop in 12 years. His batting average, .236 in late May, has been hiked to .304, and he had a June OPS of .953. He's continued to hit in the new month, getting two doubles in the first two innings of Monday's game to spark the offense.
Harris and D'Arnaud Leading the Braves Offense
Catcher Travis d'Arnaud and rookie centerfielder Michael Harris II have also been hot. Travis d'Arnaud had a 1.041 June OPS, and Harris was at .945 while helping to improve the defensive play of the entire Atlanta outfield.
The Braves will likely still be without outfielder Adam Duvall, who was hit by a pitch on his hand over the weekend. “Still going to be a couple days before he can swing,” manager Brian Snitker said.
Ian Anderson will start on Tuesday. He's 6-5, 5.31 on the year but has given up 11 runs in his last two starts, combined. He's lasted less than five innings in three of his last four outings.
Everything seems to be coming up Braves in this one for our MLB picks. Atlanta has all the momentum, both at the plate and in the field.
Anderson has struggled lately on the mound but matched up against a rookie. The Braves likely still get the nod in the pitching battle.
MLB Pick: Over 9.5 runs (-118) at BetOnline
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