Braves at Cardinals 10/6/19 - MLB Playoffs Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/05/2019 at 4:35 PM ET

Braves at Cardinals 10/6/19 - MLB Playoffs Picks & Predictions

In the first game of a Sunday NLDS doubleheader, the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals will square off from Busch Stadium. The Braves lost the series opener, but bounced back with a 3-0 home victory on Friday. SP Mike Foltynewicz struck out seven over seven innings and Adam Duvall crushed a two-run home run for the Braves.

Twenty-two year old righty Mike Soroka (13-4 2.68 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves in this matchup. Soroka was 7-1 with a 1.55 ERA and allowed a .205 batting average against on the road this season.

The St. Louis Cardinals won 50 of their 81 home games during the regular season and could win this best-of-five series with two straight home victories. In Game Two, St. Louis batters struck out 11 times and failed to record an extra-base hit. SP Jack Flahery struck out eight batters and allowed three runs in seven innings.

The Cardinals will counter with veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright (14-10 4.19 ERA) in Game Three. Wainwright was much better at home, where he posted a 9-4 record with a 2.56 ERA in 16 starts.

Atlanta OF Ender Inciarte (quad) has been ruled out for the NLDS and likely for the entire postseason. Through 162 regular season games, Atlanta ranked 7th in OPS and 7th in runs scored. For the season, St. Louis ranked 21st in OPS and 19th in runs scored. Take the Cardinals to squeeze out a home victory. Final Score Prediction, St. Louis Cardinals win 4-3.

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