MLB Handicappers Wild Card Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) at Atlanta Braves (94-68) 10/5 5:00 PM EST.

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The best sports handicappers preview what is sure to be an exciting Wild Card match up between two National League rivals. The Cardinals will travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves in a one game playoff. The winner moves on to the NLDS to square off against the NL East champion Washington Nationals. The loser gets to experience the rest of the post season from the couch.


Current Vegas odds have the Braves favored at -165 on the money line, while the total sits at 7. Both public money and expert money is currently being placed on the Braves money line at a very high rate. The two parties also seem to agree that the total will go over.


The Braves currently own the advantage in the season series 6-4. Some of the most interesting information is that Braves’ manager Freddy Gonzalez will not start catcher Brian McCann in the wild card game. Instead, David Ross will take his place, when questioned about the decision, Gonzalez said that McCann was banged up, and beat up.


The defending World Series Champion, St. Louis Cardinals will look to continue their season by sending veteran righty Kyle Lohse to the mound. Lohse went 16-3 this year for the Cards, posting a 2.86 ERA in 211 innings. The Cardinals won 21 of Lohse’s 33 starts this year. Another interesting stat is that only 10 steals were attempted by opposing teams while Lohse was on the mound during the regular season.  During his last 3 starts, Lohse is 2-0 with an ERA of 3.32 over 19 innings. Lohse surrendered 12 hits and walked 2 during that time for a WHIP of 1.11. The team has won 2 of Lohse’s last 3 starts, averaging 4.67 runs of support per game, and allowing 3.33.


The point of contention still hovers around the amazing streak Kris Medlen is on. The Braves have currently won Medlen’s last 23 starts. Medlen is also 10-1 on the season, with the one loss coming out of the bullpen. His overall ERA was a tiny 1.57 over 138 innings pitched, Medlen’s WHIP for the season was 0.91. If it is possible to believe, Medlen’s last 3 starts have been even better. He is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.29 over 21 innings. During that time, he has surrendered 12 hits and walked 2 for a microscopic WHIP of 0.67. The team is averaging 4.33 runs per game and allowing 1.67 during those starts.


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