- Atlanta Braves travel to St. Louis for Game 3 as -115 favorites in MLB betting
- Braves rebounded from stunning Game 1 loss with a stingy 3-0 victory on Friday night
- Get the odds, our pick, and all the info you need to bet Game 3
The Atlanta Braves will be looking to end a four-game losing streak in postseason road contests when they travel to St. Louis on Sunday to battle the Cardinals in Game 3 of this year’s NLDS as narrow -115 favorites in the Cardinals vs Braves Game 3 odds.
St. Louis Cardinals vs Atlanta Braves Odds – Game 3
|Atlanta Braves||-1.5 (+140)||-115||Ov 8.5 (+105)|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1.5 (-160)||-105||Un 8.5 (-115)|
Odds taken 10/05/19
Braves Rebound Following Stunning Game 1 Loss
The Braves rebounded from a disappointing 7-6 loss in the series opener with a 3-0 victory in Game 2 as +105 home underdogs, knotting the series at 1-1 going into Sunday afternoon’s matchup at Busch Stadium.
With Friday’s win, the Braves have now blanked opponents in two of their past five home contests. However, the road has been unkind to the club of late. Atlanta closed out its regular-season schedule by getting swept by the New York Mets in a three-game series at Citi Field, and is 1-5 in its past six road dates.
Postseason Road Wins Remain a Rarity
The club has also struggled on the road in recent postseason appearances, losing four straight and going 4-10 in 14 contests since the start of the 2002 Postseason. However, the Braves have enjoyed steady success at Busch Stadium, posting wins in six of their past seven while limiting the Cardinals to just 3.43 runs per game during that stretch.
.@Folty25 took care of business.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 4, 2019
Atlanta atoned for their meltdown over the final two innings of Game 1 by limiting the Cardinals to just six hits in Friday’s win
The Braves also turned in a character performance behind the steady pitching of Mike Foltynewicz in Friday’s win. Atlanta atoned for their meltdown over the final two innings of Game 1 by limiting the Cardinals to just six hits in Friday’s win, and has come out strong in games immediately following a shutout victory, going 6-2 during the regular season.
Soroka Dominant in Recent Dates with Cards
Mike Soroka is scheduled to take the mound for the Braves on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old was steady down the stretch, surrendering just five total earned runs while going 2-0 over his past three starts. Soroka has also impressed in two previous starts against St. Louis, surrendering just one total earned run over 13.0 innings of work, and recording a 1-0 record.
Mike Soroka just completed one of the best rookie pitching seasons this century. pic.twitter.com/1WLOQJnKsA
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) September 29, 2019
However, Soroka has not gone beyond 5.0 innings in three of his past five starts. The Braves bullpen has carried a heavy load in recent outings, with seven or more pitchers seeing action in four of their past seven games, putting additional pressure on the Calgary native to produce a quality start.
Cards Offense Continues to Sputter
The Cardinals return home as slender -105 underdogs on the heels of their first shutout loss in two months. Once again, the club failed to provide adequate run support to Jack Flaherty, who has emerged as arguably their best starter since the MLB All-Star Break.
Jack Flaherty had the worst run support of any #STLCards starter this regular season.
So far it’s the same story in the playoffs.
— Corey Miller (@corey_miller5) October 4, 2019
And while St. Louis maintains home-field advantage in the series, that will mean little if they are unable to reverse their current 3-5 run at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals have been limited to just 2.63 runs per game during their current home swoon, and have tumbled to +100 underdogs in the MLB series prices. But the Cards enjoy a history of rising to the occasion in postseason contests on home turf, going 16-7 in 23 NLDS home dates since 2000, and have surrendered just nine total runs while posting wins in four straight Game 3 situations.
Wainwright Takes Shaky Record to the Mound in Game 3
Adam Wainwright gets the call for the Cardinals on Sunday. The veteran right-hander compiled a 14-10 record this season, but was lit up in his past two starts, surrendering 11 total runs and five total home runs over 9.1 innings of work.
The 38-year-old was also tagged for five earned runs over 4.0 innings in his last start against the Braves, a 10-2 defeat at Busch Stadium on May 16 that marked the Cardinals’ fourth loss in their past six dates with Atlanta in which Wainwright appeared.
Pick: Braves to win Game 3 (-115), Braves -1.5 (+140)
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