How To Bet the Atlanta vs St Louis MLB Lines

Posted by Ryan Knuppel on April 7, 2016 in

The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves will both be looking to record their first victory of the season when they kick off a three-game series with a 7:35 PM ET meeting on Friday. The Cardinals were swept in a three-game set against Pittsburgh while Atlanta lost two straight against Washington. Now, let’s find out which team will win their first game of the season. Make sure to keep up with this game’s baseball betting odds here at

How To Bet The Cardinals (0-3) @ Braves (0-2)  MLB Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Friday, April 08 – 7:35 PM EST
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Starting Pitchers: St. Louis: Jamie Garcia (0-0) Atlanta: Matt Wisler (0-0)
Radio: Cardinals and Braves
TV Stream: FoxSportsGo

Why Bet the St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals are a great bet because they’re superior to Atlanta in every way! St. Louis was on the wrong end of a 5-1 beatdown in their series finale against the Pirates on Wednesday, but they’ll have a great chance to pick up a win with Jamie Garcia on the mound in this contest. The good news however is that they’ll have Garcia on the mound in this one. The southpaw starter went 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 20 starts spanning 129.2 innings last season and enters the 2016 campaign looking for his first fully healthy season since 2011.

While the Cardinals have gone 0-8 in their last eight road games and 0-4 in their last four games against teams from the AL East, the Cards are also10-3 in Garcia’s last 13 starts and 5-2 in Garcia’s L/7 road starts.

Why Bet the Atlanta Braves

Because they’re playing at home! The Braves were on the wrong end of a 3-1 loss against Washington on Wednesday and will now turn to young right-hander Matt Wisler in this affair. Wisler went 8-8 in 20 games as a rookie last season including 19 starts while compiling a mediocre 4.71 ERA along the way.

The bad news is that Wisler got smacked around for six earned runs in 13.2 Grapefruit League innings this spring despite working with Braves’ Hall of Fame ace Tom Glavine over the winter to refine his changeup. As an aside, veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur could make his first start for the Braves since 2009.

The good news for Atlanta is that they’ve gone 8-3 in their last 11 home games and 5-1 in Wisler’s last half-dozen starts during Game 1 of a series.

My Expert Prediction and Pick

The Cardinals are 1-4 in their last five road games against Atlanta and an identical 1-4 in Jamie Garcia’s L/5 starts against the Braves, but Atlanta is just 3-7 in their last 10 home games against a left-handed starter and 3-7 in Matt Wisler’s last 10 starts.

I like the Cardinals to get the win mostly because of Jamie Garcia!

My final score prediction: St. Louis 5 Atlanta 3