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Betting Tips For Braves Cardinals - Cardinals, Atop The National League Central, Host The Braves

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 5/8/2012 3:30:44 PM

The St. Louis Cardinals are off to a good start in their attempt to defend their world championship. The Atlanta Braves should give them a very strong test this upcoming weekend.

Atlanta Braves @ St. Louis Cardinals – Series Overview

Game 1: Friday, May 11

If you are interested in betting on baseball this season, the upcoming three-game weekend series between Atlanta and St. Louis should offer a compelling encounter that you'll want to study. Mike Minor is Atlanta's starter in the first game of this weekend set. He has a 5.97 earned-run average thanks to 15 earned runs allowed in his last two starts. St. Louis will go with starter Jaime Garcia, a lefty who has consistently performed much better at home than on the road. Garcia has a 3.76 ERA, which isn't exactly splashy but is certainly a lot better than anything Minor has been able to manage so far this season. The fact that Garcia is so comfortable pitching at Busch Stadium in St. Louis is what should give the Cardinals an extra advantage on Friday night. It would be hard to go against them in this specific spot.

MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis

Game 2: Saturday, May 12

The when you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this second game of the three-game series, you have to pay attention to the man who will take center stage, Brandon Beachy, the Braves' ace of the future. Beachy has been rolling along this season, steaming to a microscopic 1.62 earned-run average with his live, young arm, which has been overwhelming opposing hitters. The Cardinals' starter in this game, former staff ace Adam Wainwright, has been struggling to find his rhythm after sitting out the 2011 season due to injury. Wainwright carries a 5.61 ERA into this contest, and it's going to be hard for him to match Beachy pitch for pitch. If one had to lay odds on this game, they'd definitely be stacked against the Cardinals. Atlanta is an irresistible choice on Saturday in game two of this highly-anticipated clash. If the starting pitchers gave St. Louis the clear nod on Friday, all indications would suggest that the pendulum is going to swing the other way on Saturday, lending balance to this battle in the Midwest.

MLB Betting Pick: Atlanta

Game 3: Sunday, May 13

The Braves will send right-handed starter Tommy Hanson to the bump. Hanson has posted a 3.63 earned-run average to this point in the season, being an entirely solid pitcher but not a shutdown force. On the other hand, Lance Lynn has dazzled as a new member of the Cardinals' starting rotation, ringing up a 1.40 ERA and being a very effective innings-eater for new manager Mike Matheny. Lynn's emergence has been one of the reasons the Cardinals have been able to maintain their hold on the National League Central Division through one month of play this season. It only stands to reason that in what could very well be the rubber game of this three-game series, Lynn's pitching will be the difference maker, enabling the Cardinals to win this series and affirm their credentials as a betting sites National League favorite.

MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis

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