Atlanta Braves @ St.Louis Cardinals 6/26/24 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Atlanta Braves (43-33) at St.Louis Cardinals (40-37)

Game Info: Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 at  1:45 p.m. EST (Busch Stadium)

Betting Odds: Braves ML (-110) - Over/Under (6.5)

Pick: Braves ML (-110)

This afternoon matchup on Wednesday will be the first game of a day and night doubleheader between the Atlanta Braves and the St.Louis Cardinals in St.Louis. These are two teams that came into the season with expectations of making the postseason however, with how rough the National League has looked throughout the year it does not seem like it will take much for them both to do that this season. Both of them are currently occupying positions, as two of the three teams leading the National League wildcard race, and both of them will keep them rolling a victory here in game one of this doubleheader on Wednesday. 

The Atlanta Braves had high hopes coming into the 2024 major-league baseball season, but those hopes have been dashed with the loss of Ronald Acuna Jr. It seems very unlikely that they will compete for the National League East division title as the Philadelphia Phillies have run away with the crown as the best team in baseball throughout the early part of the season. Which means the Atlanta Braves will need to settle for one of the three wildcard spots in the National League and so far they have held onto one of those spots throughout the early part of the summer. 

Atlanta comes into this game with a record of 43-33 through their first 76 games of the season. Reynaldo Lopez gets the start for the Atlanta Braves in the first game of this doubleheader on Wednesday and he will pick up yet another victory, as he has had a strong start to the season. He comes into this one with five victories on the year and he will look to pick up victory number six here on the road against St. Louis. After someone of a rough patch throughout May and June Atlanta is playing decent baseball at the moment winning seven out of their last ten, despite coming into this game on a one game losing streak.

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The Cardinals have put together a respectable season as they do come into this game above 500 and they will look to build on their record with a much-needed victory in the first game of this doubleheader on Wednesday. They already picked up a victory in the series opener on Monday and they will look to double down and grab another win here in this one. A victory in this game for St. Louis would also give them the series victory over the Atlanta Braves as well heading into the finale later tonight and the second game of the doubleheader. That would be important for a team like the Cardinals that are trying to build up momentum and pass the Atlanta Braves in the National League wildcard race heading into the middle of the summer. 

Kyle Gibson gets the ball for St. Louis and the first game of this doubleheader and he comes into this game with five victories to his name on the season. He will look to pick up his sixth victory of the year and perhaps one of his biggest victories of the year against state top Atlanta Braves lineup here on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals have been playing fantastic baseball as of late winning four in a row and seven out of their last ten on the season, and they will look to keep the momentum rolling with a fifth straight victory here in this one. That would be a huge step in the right direction for St. Louis as it would give them a two games to zero advantage over at Atlanta overall on the year, heading into the third game, which could potentially help them clinch the season series against the Braves later down the line.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Atlanta is 31-22 outside of the NL East

- Atlanta is 20-12 after a loss 

- St.Louis is 12-15 against teams above .500 

I expect this to be a close and competitive match up throughout the early part of the game, as both starters have put together tremendous seasons. However, in the end, I look for the Atlanta Braves to pick up the victory on the road in the second game of this series and the first game of this doubleheader here on Wednesday afternoon. As I look for Lopez to get the best of Kyle Gibson throughout the early stages of this game and for the Atlanta offense to do enough to get the job done to pick up the victory. 

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