Cardinals vs. Braves MLB Odds, Preview and Pick

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The Atlanta Braves take aim at a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in a matchup of second-place teams on Thursday’s sports betting card.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves

Thursday, July 07, 2022 – 07:20 PM EDT at Truist Park

How Are the Braves Doing?

It’s really getting hot in Atlanta these days, especially over at Truist Park, where the Braves are playing like the World Series champs they are and looking for more when they finish off a long series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

How Are the Cardinals Doing?

If there’s any good news for the Cardinals after losing the first three games of the set, it’s that they haven’t really lost a lot of ground to Milwaukee in the NL Central race as the Brewers have also gone down in defeat the last couple of nights.

Cardinals vs. Braves: Starting Pitchers and Odds

Both teams will turn to rookie hurlers to begin the series finale, Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 5.66) for the Cardinals and Spencer Strider (4-2, 2.87) for the Braves.

Atlanta is showing up as pronounced -210 chalk on the betting odds with a 9-run total that favors the ‘Over.’

Series Highlights So Far

Atlanta jumped out to a big lead on Monday and cruised to a 6-3 win in the opener. Dansby Swanson provided the offense and the bullpen gave the Braves 5 good innings. The final just managed to come up short of a 9½-run total at most betting outlets.

The Braves followed that up with another winning MLB score on Tuesday, this time a 7-1 result that saw Atlanta start fast with a 5-run first inning while Ian Anderson bounced back from a couple of rough trips to the mound.

Max Fried led the way on Wednesday with 6 shutout innings, while Marcell Ozuna and Eddie Rosario provided back-to-back jacks to sink the Cardinals in a 3-0 whitewashing.

  • The Braves have now won 9 of the last 11 matchups at home against the Cardinals.
  • ‘Under’ bettors have cashed 5 of the last 7 clashes between the clubs at Truist Park.
  • St. Louis begins to play on Thursday trailing Milwaukee by 3-games in the NL Central.
  • Atlanta is 2½ games behind New York in the NL East.

Cardinals vs. Braves: Pitchers Analysis

Matthew Liberatore

His big-league career may still be in its infancy with just five trips to the mound, but Liberatore has already seen his share of highs and lows as he looks to make good on the potential that made him a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2018.

One of the lows came in his last start. BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) pegged Liberatore and the Cardinals as small underdogs in Philadelphia this past weekend, and the Phillies chased the southpaw in the third inning having already scored five times. St. Louis rallied to get the 7-6 win.

Liberatore was coming off one of the highs in that contest after he tossed 5 shutout innings at home to beat the Pirates prior to the Philadelphia assignment, and he has a 10.97 ERA in three road starts as he prepares for his first look at the Atlanta lineup.

Spencer Strider

A big factor in Atlanta’s push to keep pressure on the New York Mets in the NL East race has been pitching, and Strider has been right in the middle of that as he prepares for his first career appearance against the Cardinals.

Strider will be seeking his third consecutive quality start when he takes the mound on Thursday. He allowed just one run on one hit while tying a career-best with 11 strikeouts last Saturday in Cincinnati. Three relievers finished the 1-hitter, and the Braves cashed as -185 favorites in the MLB odds.

His last two starts followed a stinker against the Giants who raked for 6 hits and 6 runs to chase Strider in the fourth. That outing came at home where Strider has struggled a bit, posting a 3.81 ERA – compared to 1.06 on the road – in three starts and six relief outings.

Who Is the Umpire Today?

Nate Tomlinson completes one loop of the umpire crew behind the plate in the series finale. The Pride of Waupaca, Wisconsin will be calling balls and strikes for just the 16th time in his major league career and stands 4-7 O/U at top-rated sportsbooks in his 11 games at the dish this season.

Cardinals vs. Braves: Betting Pick for Today

Pulling off 4-game sweeps is tough, even when a team is playing poorly like St. Louis right now, so my free MLB pick will be on the scoreboard where I’ll follow the trend of this series and play the final to stop short.

MLB Pick: Under 9 (+100) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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