St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves MLB Pick – October 3rd

Since we picked up our second consecutive win to begin the postseason out at 25, our start to the playoffs continued last night. Last nightwe jumped on the Tampa Bay Rays (+122) as road underdogs from the Oakland Athletics. I felt strongly that Charlie Morton was the better side of this starting pitching matchup because that the A’s were dominated by him in two regular season starts, and he ended the season. On the reverse side, the A’s chose to pass on guru Mike Fiers and went with the hot hand.
I mentioned in my pick yesterday that despite the fact that Manaea was essentially unhittable since rejoining the team in September, after passing nearly a year of playing time, that I just could not trust him at a game this big with few innings pitched this season. And I was correct as the kid has blasted in two innings of work for four runs, including letting three home runs. This is actually the second year in a row which on starting the two times, and their ace Mike Fiers, the A’s left the crazy card game and decided to pass that choice blew up in their faces. It makes you wonder whether they’d change their minds given a opportunity?
Even though Morton was a bit shaky and needed to work himself out of several jams, he picked up the win and gutted it out and ended by five innings pitched and allowed only one run. Even the Rays bullpen slammed the door after that, and Tampa Bay is led to face the Houston Astros. In which the Braves host the Cardinals for the pick of today, we’ll visit Atlanta.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been in Atlanta Thursday for match one of those five-game National League Divisional Series. Despite losing four out of their last five games of the season the Cardinals managed to hold off the streaking Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central Division title. The Cardinals finished the regular season 91-71.
For the Braves, they coasted with a 97-65 regular-season record to the number two seed from the National League and ran away with the NL East Division title. As they dropped out five of their last six 18, they stumbled to the finish line as well. Much of this is related to gamers and losing a couple of important guys . Now that the games matter again, you can expect Atlanta to pick the pace back up.
Beginning for the Braves is Dallas Keuchel (8-8 3.75 ERA), and for the Cardinals it is Miles Mikolas (9-14 4.16 ERA). The game total over-under is place at two and a half runs. The Braves have been -140 favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 2:02 PM PST from SunTrust Park at Atlanta.
The St. Louis Cardinals have had among the very finest overall pitching staffs in the National League this season. But they did not receive the opportunity to place their turning, since they were battling before the season’s final game, and they will not be sending their finest here in sport one. Jack Flaherty is the ace of the staff, and following that there are questions.
Mile Mikolas appeared to be an ace last year, but this year? Yeah, not too much. really struggling in the first half of this calendar year, he did get much better in the second half, but he is. After going 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA last season, Mikolas was just 9-14 using a 4.16 ERA this year. As he had a stretch of three straight begins where he let at least five earned runs in each 31, he pitched himself.
He did settle down a few in September as his ERA is still a commendable 3.34, but even then, he has struggled with consistency as he’s permitted at least three earned runs in three of the five September starts. He was decent and made one start against the Braves this season. In that , he threw seven innings, allowed three earned runs, and picked up a luck. Mikolas has the stuff for a top of the rotation kind of guy, and the Cardinals will want if they need any opportunity to knock off the Braves him to step up big time in this series.
When the Atlanta Braves made the movement they had hoped it would work for them. And it’s done as Keuchel provides a lot of leadership to this Baby Braves team that needed it and continues to be a strong arm. Keuchel isn’t currently blowing anybody’s doors off this season, but he has employed his signature efficacy to induce a great deal of ground balls and catch deep into games.
Keuchel has thrown or deeper, in fifteen of the nineteen starts this season and has pitched less than five innings. The Braves will be leaning on Keuchel as he’s got plenty of postseason experience, since he has a World Series ring out of his period with Houston and has produced ten postseason appearances.
This match would be much different if it had been Jack Flaherty squaring off from Dallas Keuchel. The Braves would be the team in this series, but needed the Cards gotten to pitch Flaherty double they might have discovered a way. However, with their jumbled up starting turning, I don’t believe that they have much of a shot at pulling off the upset.
Mikolas has only been too inconsistent to want to back on the road in the play. At home this year, Mikolas had an ERA of just 3.01. On the Street? He actually fought because he was 4-8 with a 5.40 ERA. The only thing that’s keeping this amount as tight as it is, is the fact that the Braves completed the regular season just a bit wrapped up. Both superstars are expected to perform tonight, but these moves were precautionary than anything else, although freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr, equally missed time down the stretch.
If the Braves are at full strength, this game likely won’t be that competitive. I believe Atlanta finds a way to evaluate a couple of runs off of Mikolas and Keuchel ought to be great enough to hold on the win for Atlanta. Give the Atlanta Braves as house favorites tonight in game one at -140 to me!

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