The Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals will match in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Sunday Night Baseball
The Atlanta Braves will look to win the series despite dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-3. Austin Riley, Tyler Flowers and Ozzie Albies each had a double and an RBI while Nick Markakis went 2 for 4 and Dansby Swanson and Josh Donaldson had a base hit to capp off Atlanta's offense as the Braves had seven hits as a team in the loss . Mike Soroka gave up two runs, one earned, five hits while striking out five over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Dan Winkler ended up with the loss in relief two fall to 1
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to win this evening after the series up at one win following their victory on Saturday. Jedd Gyorko had a three-run home run in a pinch-sitting role while Matt Carpenter went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Paul Goldschmidt added three hits and an RBI of his own. Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina each had base hits as well in the victory for St. Louis. Dakota Hudson gave up two runs on five hits on 6.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Andrew Miller got to win this 2-2 season while Jordan Hicks picked up his 10th save of the year. Jack Flaherty will start game three and is 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Flaherty is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and 12 strikeouts against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 22-6 in Tehran's last 28 Sunday Starts and 11-4 in their last 15 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL Central. St. Louis is 5-11 in Flaherty's last 16 starts and 6-15 in their last 21 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Atlanta is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in St. Louis.
I can understand St. Louis be favored at home after their win on Saturday along with the fact that Flaherty is a much better pitcher at home than he is on the road, with a 2.48 ERA as opposed to 6.20 ERA on the road. However, Atlanta is a better team than what we saw on Saturday, and Flaherty has still to give up a few runs when he takes the mound. Tehran has had his own hiccups in his own right, but he's given up one run or less in his last four starts. I just think Atlanta and the plus money is too good to pass on Sunday, so all the side with the Braves here.