Add Braves Over Cardinals to Wednesday's MLB Picks

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:02 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 7, 2014 12:02 PM UTC

The St. Louis Cardinals have struggled on the road in the early going this season, which provides the Atlanta Braves value as a home underdog Wednesday night.  Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting lines for this National League matchup at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Away from home 
St. Louis has dropped five of its last seven road games, including a 2-1 setback to Atlanta as +110 underdogs Tuesday, while going 'under' the betting total for the third time in four contests. The Cardinals entered last night second in the NL with a 3.07 ERA—trailing only the Braves (2.69) in that statistical category. MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-6 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the 'under' cashing in seven of those nine opportunities.

Back in the win column
Atlanta snapped its seven-game losing streak last night, which allowed the squad to hold onto its 0.5-game lead in the NL East division over the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. The Braves have scored just 104 runs this season—the second-worst total in the league behind only the San Diego Padres. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 34-24 at home with a total of 7 or less, with the 'over' going 28-23-7 in that situation.

Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (5-2, 2.16 ERA) had his personal four-game win streak snapped last time out, as he suffered a 6-5 road defeat to the Chicago Cubs—allowing six runs and 10 hits over five frames. The right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA in five road appearances, with opposing hitters batting just .195 against him. In 12 lifetime games (nine starts) versus the Braves, Wainwright has tallied a 7-2 record and 2.80 ERA.

Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (0-1, 3.00 ERA) was handed a 2-1 home loss by the San Francisco Giants in his first outing of the season, as he gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings of work. The left-hander has gone 0-5 with a 4.00 ERA over his last seven regular-season starts, as he continues to recover from a urinary tract procedure that he had in December. In four career starts versus the Cardinals, Minor has tallied a perfect 2-0 record and 4.56 ERA.
Free MLB Pick: I’m going to recommend that readers back the Braves as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 11-3 in their last 14 games as home underdogs of +100 to +125. Bet: Atlanta Braves +111.
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