Four had dropped straight until they snapped in their season finale using a 9-0 thrashing of the Cubs. Despite their latest freefall, St. Louis still managed to put claim to the NL Central crown and must now travel to Atlanta to fulfill the NL East champs.
The Cards and the Braves met in May when Atlanta took two of three in home and then traveled to St. Louis a couple weeks later with exactly the exact same results. The Braves have a 4-2 edge over the Cardinals in their meetings this year.
Within this late day matchup, the Cards will ship Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) to the bulge where hell try to maintain the Braves in bay for six to seven innings prior to the relief corps takes place.
The 31-year-old veteran final took the mountain on September 22nd and held the Cubs to two runs (one earned) over seven-plus innings in a 3-2 Cardinals victory. Mikolas finished the regular season on an uptick with a 1-1 record and a 3.34 ERA along with his five starts in September.
Atlanta will turn to Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.75 ERA, 1.37 WHIP), that they signed midseason out of free agency, to start their postseason this day.
The veteran southpaw was a solid member of this turning for St. Louis but has since dropped his past three starts and also surrendered a joint 12 runs on 21 hits over 16 innings of work. In August of 2016, Keuchel final pitched from the Cards as a part of the Astros and allowed six runs.
The MLB chances are revealing the Braves as everywhere from -137 to -146 home favorites in this matchup however I feel thats providing St. Louis backers quite a bit of value .
Lets not forget that Atlanta has just two key offensive performers recovering from disorders in the kinds of outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) and slugger Freddie Freeman (bone spur in right elbow). Both will perform in the game of today but are currently fighting with .
Additionally, I enjoy how St. Louis Miles Mikolas has rounded into form as the year wound down versus what appears like a gassed Dallas Keuchel.
Despite the early-season struggles on the road of Mikolas, he has turned that completely around on his final four looks from Busch Stadium by enabling a joint six earned runs on 23 plus innings of work in which the Cardinals won all four of those games.
Lets take the oddsmakers are currently giving us and back the road dog and watch the Cardinals go out to a 1-0 advantage in the NLDS.
Final Score: Cardinals 6 — Braves 4
Free MLB Pick: Cardinals +132 in 5Dimes