Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 8/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (-125) St. Louis (+100)
Jon Lester and the St. Louis Cardinals (53-52, 3rd in NL Central) play the Atlanta Braves (52-54, 3rd in NL East) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. The Cardinals open this game at +100 while the Braves are coming in at -125. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Max Fried and Jon Lester.
Atlanta is slugging .428 and have been called out on strikes 976 times, while being walked on 372 occasions. They have tallied 484 runs batted in as well as 846 hits on the season, and their team batting average comes in at .242. The Braves have hit 180 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 148 baseballs out of the park. They have 503 runs and hold an OBP of .321. As a squad, the Atlanta Braves are notching 4.8 runs per game, which ranks them 10th in the league.
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The Braves have compiled a team ERA of 4.08 this year (13th in the league), and the staff has struck out 932 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.65 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.30. Braves pitchers have conceded 119 long balls in addition to 454 runs in total (13th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 352 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.10 as a unit so far this year.
Braves relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 88 times in addition to having 142 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have a total of 66 holds on the season (4th in the league). The Braves relief pitchers have accumulated a save rate of 59.5% and has stepped onto the mound in 104 save situations. They have compiled 22 saves on the campaign and have missed out on 15 of 37 save chances. The relievers have inherited 134 base runners over the course of the season with 36.6% of those runners crossed the plate. The Braves have dispatched 376 relief pitchers to the mound this season.
The Braves have turned 69.5% of balls hit into play into outs in their 8,262 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 18th in the majors. The Atlanta Braves have earned a total of 2,754 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 940 assists and 50 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .987 which is 4th in the majors, and they have twisted 758 double plays.
Fried has taken the hill for 373 innings and is sitting with 383 strikeouts thus far in his career. Fried (33-18 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 3.74 and he has faced 1,582 opposing hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.72 (154 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.322. He has allowed 363 hits (8.8 hits per 9 innings) and has had 130 free passes.
The St. Louis Cardinals have compiled a team on-base percentage of .305 as well as a team batting average of .234 for the year. They have struck out on 860 instances (25th in baseball) and have earned a total of 808 base hits. St. Louis has 115 long balls so far this year as well as 403 RBIs. The Cardinals have a slugging percentage of .388 and they tally 4.02 runs per outing (26th in baseball). They have recorded 163 doubles, while walking 311 times as well as notching 422 runs.
The Cardinals have a team WHIP of 1.357 and have a FIP of 4.39 as a team on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 1.84 (812 strikeouts against 442 free passes). They are sitting at 10th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 798. They have surrendered 93 home runs and they give up 4.52 runs per 9 innings (14th in the league). The St. Louis pitching staff have allowed 459 runs for the season while having an ERA of 4.19 (426 earned runs allowed).
Sitting with 95 save situations, the Cardinals have recorded 54 holds and 10 blown saves. St. Louis has called on relievers to take the mound in 39 save opportunities and they have tallied 29 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 102 times in high leverage situations in addition to 117 occasions with runners on base. St. Louis bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 38.5% of 200 inherited runners. They are ranked 2nd in the league holding a save percentage of 74.4%, and they have sent 361 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond for the season.
In their 8,229 innings played, the Cardinals have a defensive efficiency of 71.0% (5th in professional baseball). The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 80 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (15th in professional baseball). The Cardinals have recorded 948 assists, 59 errors and have earned 2,743 putouts this year.
In his career, Lester has given up 2,542 hits while accumulating 2,448 punch outs in 2,674 frames. Lester (196-116 career win-loss record) has a 3.64 ERA and has surrendered 8.6 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 1,082 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.274 and having a FIP of 3.7. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.83 and he has faced 11,202 opposing batters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. Louis (+100)
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