Southpaws Collide at Busch Stadium in Braves-Cardinals Series Opener

Ross Benjamin

Friday, July 24, 2015 11:57 AM UTC

Friday, Jul. 24, 2015 11:57 AM UTC

Our resident MLB handicapping professional is coming off a 3-1 Thursday. He’s providing us with a betting preview pertaining to Friday’s game between Atlanta and St. Louis which concludes with his selection.

Braves Invade Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Friday
Atlanta travels to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to open a three game series today against the Cardinals. The first pitch is slated for 8:15 PM ET, and this will be the first meeting of the season between these teams. They’ve gone 9-4 under the total in their thirteen encounters since 2013.


Starting Pitchers
Atlanta will turn to their young southpaw Manny Banuelos to make the start today. Banuelos has seen all three of his starts go under the total this season, and he’s been a big part of those low scoring games by posting a shining 1.15 ERA.

St. Louis sends a youthful southpaw of their own to the mound for this series opener. Tim Cooney will take the hill, and he enters in good form during his last three starts posting a very good 2.25 ERA.

Hey, check out these teams that thrive when playing against southpaws!

Plethora of recent Low Scoring Games for Braves
The Atlanta Braves have gone 19-6-1 under the total in their last twenty-six games. They’re averaging 2.8 runs per game, and are hitting a terrible .216 as a team in 17 contests versus southpaw starting pitchers this season. They’ve also struggled quite a bit offensively during the last seven games overall. During that time, Atlanta has averaged a paltry 2.9 runs per game, and they possess a horrible .209 team batting average.


Cardinals Come Down to Earth Versus Southpaw Starters
The St. Louis Cardinals have gone an off the charts good 49-21 (.700) versus right-handed starting pitchers this season. However, they’ve been less than average when facing southpaw starters, going 11-13 with a below par .235 team batting average in that role. That’s a far cry from their .257 team batting mark for the season. By the way, they’re 16-8 under the total in those twenty-four games versus lefties. St. Louis is also 30-14-2 under the total this season at home.


Final Analysis
This game has all the makings of a low scoring affair. One of my MLB picks on Monday will be indicative of that prediction. Currently it’s that provides me with the best price.

MLB Pick: Atlanta and St. Louis under 7.5 (-110) at

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