St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves Betting Odds

Opening Moneyline: Cardinals +105 / Braves -115 O/U 7 runs

Game Time: 7:35 PM EST Friday April 29, 2011

Many though the Cardinals did not have much of a chance this season with the loss of staff Ace Adam Wainwright for the season, but they are in 1st place in the NL Central and their offense ranks #1 in runs scored and their pitching ranks 8th in team ERA. The Braves are at .500 and after a solid 6-4 road trip they look to go above .500 for the first time since April 5th. The Braves are in 3rd place in the tough NL East 4 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

In their last games the Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 11-7 and the Braves beat the San Diego Padres 7-0.

Both teams have won 2 straight and are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

This season the Braves are 4-5 at home and the Cardinals are 8-5 on the road.

This season the Braves have an O/U record of 12-12-2 and have a runline W/L record of 14-12 and the Cardinals have an O/U record of 14-10-1 and a runline W/L record of 14-11.

On the hill tonight for the Braves is their Ace Tim Hudson (3-2 3.57 ERA), who in his last outing out-dueled Tim Lincecum and the Giants going 8 innings and giving up only 2 earned runs in a win. Chris Carpenter (0-2 3.90 ERA) is on the mound for the Cardinals and is looking for his first win of the season in 6 starts and in his last outing he went 6 innings giving up 2 earned runs in a no decision against the Reds.

Carpenter is 1-2 with an 8.27 ERA in 4 career starts at Turner Field and the Cardinals are 0-7 in his last 7 road starts.

Hudson is only 1-2 with a 6.50 ERA at home against the Cardinals in his career and the Braves are 14-6 in his last 20 home starts.

The Cardinals have hit .357 and averaged 8.1 runs while winning 8 of their last 11 games on the road. Hudson has to be careful against the meat of the Cardinals lineup of Matt Holliday (.433 3 HR 16 RBI), Albert Pujols (.258 7 HR 18 RBI), and a red-hot Lance Berkman (.410 8 HR 22 RBI). Matt Holliday is 6 for 16 against Hudson and Pujols is 12 for 26 with 3 HR against the Atlanta Ace.

Hudson will be counted on to pitch a good game, as the Braves offense only ranks 17th in the Majors in runs scored. However, their offense has been playing well lately and in their last 5 games the run total has gone Over every time.

In some other betting trends for this National League match up:

St. Louis is 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog, 6-2 in their last 8 road games, and they have an Over record of 4-1 in their last 5 games.

Atlanta is 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 5-1 in their last 6 games, and have an Under record of 6-1 in their last 7 home games.

Our Selection : All Star pitcher Chris Carpenter has yet to register a win this season although he has pitched well in all but one of his starts. He has had success in the past versus the Braves and we look for him to finally grab his first win in 2011. Take the Cardinals +103 at 5Dimes.

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