- The Braves and Cardinals face off at Busch Stadium on Saturday, August 27th
- Atlanta is still nipping at the Mets’ heels for NL East supremacy, while the Cardinals have pulled away from the Brewers for the NL Central lead
- Read below for the Braves vs Cardinals odds and betting preview
The Atlanta Braves (79-48) face the St. Louis Cardinals (72-54) on Saturday at Busch Stadium in the second game of a three-game series between a pair of squads with aspirations of playing deep into the postseason. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET. Brian Snitker’s club will send Charlie Morton to the mound, while Oliver Marmol’s group counters with Jordan Montgomery.
The Braves are slight favorites in this one.
Braves vs Cardinals Odds
|Atlanta Braves||-1.5 (+150)||-115||Ov 7.5 (-115)|
|St. Louis Cardinals||+1.5 (-178)||-105||Un 7.5 (-105)|
Odds as of August 26th at Caesars Sportsbook
Braves vs Cardinals Probable Pitchers
The Braves are only 13-11 in Morton’s starts this season, but the 38-year-old has been much better since the start of June. The veteran only had one quality outing in the first two months of the season — with Atlanta going 5-5 over that stretch.
Morton has had eight quality turns in the last three months, with the reigning World Series champs going 8-6 since. He’s been especially effective in August, going 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA in the month.
Charlie Morton, Pretty 82mph Back Door Curveball. 😍
17 inches of horizontal break.
3,128 RPMs. 9th K. pic.twitter.com/QKlpGhFhZg
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 21, 2022
He went six innings against the Astros last Sunday, allowing five hits, two earned runs and two walks while striking out 11 in an eventual 5-4 defeat. It was his second straight turn with double-digit punchouts.
Meantime, the 29-year-old Montgomery has been given new life since being traded from the Bronx to the Gateway City. All the lefty has done is go 4-0 with a minuscule 0.35 ERA in his four Red Bird turns since the deadline.
Jordan Montgomery threw 9️⃣9️⃣ pitches in a shutout 😳
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 23, 2022
Monty is coming off his first career shutout, blanking the Cubs on Monday. He allowed only one hit and no walks while retiring seven via the strikeout.
Morton vs Montgomery Stats
The Braves enter the second game of this set red-hot, winning five straight series and 15 of the last 17 games. That includes an 11-4 victory in the series opener on Friday that saw William Contreras go 4-for-5 while driving in three runs and scoring twice.
William Contreras sends everyone home.
Bases-clearing double for the All-Star. pic.twitter.com/Ja8gQMRooJ
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) August 27, 2022
Five Atlanta players had multiple hits in the blowout win.
Austin Riley, Matt Olson and Marcel Ozuna have all hit at least 20 homers for this team hoping become the first repeat champs since the Yankees won three in a row between 1998 and 2000. Meantime, six players have hit between 10 and 19 long balls. That group doesn’t include Ozzie Albies — who could return in September ahead of the postseason from a broken foot.
Meantime, St. Louis lost for just the third time in the last 13 outings on Friday as Tyler O’Neill’s two-run big fly in the ninth provided one of the team’s few offensive highlights.
Tyler O'Neill – St. Louis Cardinals (9) pic.twitter.com/MsjftiVjGS
— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) August 27, 2022
Despite the loss, the Cardinals still hold a six-game division lead over the fading Brewers. The team has been led by Paul Goldschmidt (.338, 33 homers, 105 RBI) and Nolan Arenado (.300, 26 homers, 82 RBI) all season.
The Cards currently have +2500 odds to win the Fall Classic, while the Braves are at +900 in the World Series odds.
ATL vs STL Last 10 Meetings
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Score|
Braves vs Cardinals Prediction
The Braves have won an astounding 10 of their past 11 regular-season games at St. Louis, and 19 of the past 25 regular-season games overall between the two teams.
That said, the way Montgomery has dominated since donning the Red Birds uniform is something truly special. I expect Marmol’s club to bounce back on Saturday and take the second game of this intriguing series between two of MLB’s best clubs.
Pick: Cardinals (ML -105)