Cardinals at Braves 10/3/19 - MLB - Playoffs Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 10/03/2019 at 8:39 AM ET

The National League Division Series will get underway on Thursday, when the St. Louis Cardinals travel to SunTrust Park to face the Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals finished 20 games above .500 and edged Milwaukee by two games to win the NL Central Division title. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 34 home runs and 97 RBIs.

Thirty-one year old righty Miles Mikolas (9-14 4.16 ERA) will take the mound for the Cardinals in this matchup. Through 184 innings, Mikolas allowed 27 home runs and owns a 1.22 WHIP.

The Atlanta Braves won 50 of their 81 home games during the regular season and ran away with the NL East Division title. The Braves have a talented, young lineup and will be a force in this postseason and many more to come. OF Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 41 round-trippers and drove in 100 runs. 

Thirty-one year old southpaw Dallas Keuchel (8-8 3.75 ERA) will draw the starting nod in the series opener. Keuchel lost his final three starts of the season and gave up 11 runs over his last 16 innings of work.

Atlanta OF Ender Inciarte (quad) has been ruled out for the NLDS and likely for the entire postseason. Through 162 regular season games, St. Louis ranked 21st in OPS and 19th in runs scored. For the season, Atlanta ranked 7th in OPS and 7th in runs scored. Take the Cardinals to steal one on the road. Final Score Prediction, St. Louis Cardinals 5-4.

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