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St Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves 6/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The St. Louis Cardinals (40-27) will collide with the Atlanta Braves (30-33) in Game 2 of a four-game weekend set at Truist Park in Atlanta on Friday, June 18, 2021, at 7:20 PM ET. St. Louis defeated the Miami Marlins by a series sweep at 4-2 on Monday, 2-1 on Tuesday, and 1-0 on Wednesday. However, the Cardinals failed to maintain their winning form after losing the opening game of a series versus the Atlanta Braves at 0-4 on Thursday. Starting Pitcher John Grant made 5.1 innings with three earned runs on four hits allowed while awarding two free bases but struck out four Atlanta batters in defeat. 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Second Baseman Matt Carpenter, and PH Jose Rondon contributed a base hit each in the losing effort for St. Louis.

 

The Cardinals will give their nod to righty Carlos Martinez to take the starting role in Game 2 of a series versus the Braves on Friday. In his MLB tour this season, the right-handed starter is 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA while granting 22 walks but struck out a total of 44 batters on the year. Martinez also allowed a total of 58 hits, 43 runs (40 earned), and four home runs in his 65.0 innings pitched this season.

 

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St Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves Predictions 6/18/2021

 

The Atlanta Braves earned a total of 16 runs scored in losing a quick two-game set versus the Boston Red Sox early this week. However, the Braves managed to bounce after a 4-0 shutout victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in the series opener on Thursday. Pitcher Charlie Morton went 7.2 innings with three hits, no earned run, and no walk allowed while striking out seven St. Louis batters in the win. Center/Left Fielder Guillermo Heredia drove two runs with two base hits and one RBI in leading Atlanta. Right Fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and 2nd Baseman Ozzie Albies made a one-run score on one hit with an RBI each. First Baseman Freddie Freeman earned a double while Left Fielder Abraham Almonte and Catcher William Contreras added one base hit apiece in the winning effort for the Braves.

 

Left-handed Pitcher Max Fried will be climbing up the pitcher’s rubber to start for Atlanta in the second installment of a series against the Cardinals on Friday. The southpaw thrower is 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA and 18 walks granted while striking out a total of 49 batters in his career starts this year. Lefty Fried gave up 55 hits, 28 runs (26 earned), and six home runs in pitching for 50.2 innings this year.

 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves. The MLB Pick for this game is Atlanta -178. The Braves have issues in their plays recently after losing six of their last eight outings. However, Atlanta will bounce back versus the Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez who struggled in his starts this season. The right-handed thrower is 3-7 with a 5.54 ERA in his belt and St. Louis lost their recent three matches with Martinez on the bump. The Braves are doing well against their opponents from the National League Central Division, winning 12 of their last 16 outings. The predicted score, Atlanta Braves will win at 6-3.

 

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St Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves 6/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:20 PM ET

 

Location: Truist Park in Atlanta, GA

 

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021

 

TV: FSSE, BSMW

 

MLB Odds: Atlanta Braves -178

 

MLB Totals: 9.5

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