NL Divisional Series Game 1
Even the Central Division champion St. Louis Cardinals will see the East Division champion Atlanta Braves to Start a best-of-five series to Ascertain who will advance to the NL Championship Series to face the winner of this Washington Nationals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers series.
Together with the Braves winning both series to get a 4-2 record 18, the teams played in May.
The Braves were able to acquire place players and critical starters and had a lead at the East Division for much of the next half of this season the needed rest. As a result, theyre moving with veteran left-hander Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 3.75) to pitch Game 1.
Keuchel is pitching very well and has submitted a 3.07 ERA letting 14 earned runs on 43 hits like four home runs, 15 walks allowed and 31 strikeouts spanning 41 innings of work. He did not confront the Cardinals since the 2016 season, so those results are unworthy with this playoff game.
He has been a stud in road starts this year. He has compiled a 2.74 ERA with a 1.155 WHIP in 10 starts spanning 62??2/3 innings of work.
There are just five present members of the Cardinals roster that have confronted Keuchel in their professions and only Paul Goldschmidt has a large sample size thats meaningful.
Hes batting only 0.167 (3-for-18) in 20 plate appearances without a home runs. Keuchel has a enormous advantage going up.
The Cardinals will hand the ball into right-hander Miles Mikolas (9-14, 4.16) for Sport 1. He has been a steady starter for the Cardinals this year.
Over his past seven starts he has compiled a 2-1 record with four no-decisions, a 3.67 ERA letting 17 earned runs on 40 hits such as six home runs, seven falls enabled, along with 38 strikeouts spanning 41??2/3 innings of work.
He has not done well in road games, however, making this selection by the Cardinals a head-scratcher. In 17 road starts this season hes 4-8 having a lofty 5.40 ERA and a 1.415 WHIP spanning 88??1/3 innings of work.
Mikolas to complete at least six innings of work, will not finish more innings than the machine learning summary calls, and also will score in at least three innings. In home games they have made a 263-23 record for 92 percent winning MLB picks.
The wager is about the Atlanta Braves -136 preferred at 5Dimes Sportsbook.
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