Braves and Cardinals Meet in Series Finale

Atlanta Braves Baseball

Dickey Shines in Struggling Braves Rotation

The Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals will wrap up their 3 game series today at Suntrust Park in Atlanta. The Braves starters have been getting hammered by the Cardinals. The Cards are looking for a sweep of the Braves.

R.A. Dickey has been the most effective member of a struggling rotation for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves hope Dickey’s effectiveness can salvage the finale of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Dickey has been able to go 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA with his new team despite not having his knuckleball working consistently. That is the most encouraging part of the 42-year-old’s success.

Dickey has had to deal with a sore calf his last two starts. He’s battled through as his knuckler has come and gone. He gave up two homers on fastballs during his most recent start. It was victory over the Mets. Dickey is 3-1 with a 4.09 ERA in seven games against the Cardinals. His last victory came in 2012 his Cy Young season.

Oddsmakers have the Both pitchers as -105 favorites on the moneyline. The total is sitting at 9.

Cardinals Bats on Fire

Cardinals Starter, Michael Wacha has seen his curveball regain its bite this year.  He slumped to a 5.09 ERA last season after going 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 2015r. Wacha is 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA. He has gone at least six innings in each of his five starts. He has given up two or less runs in three of those games. Wacha has held opponents to a .095 average (2-for-25) with runners in scoring position.

The Cardinals have won the first two games 10-0 and 5-3 against the Braves. They and have won five straight in Atlanta dating back to Turner Field last season after losing nine of the previous 11 games. Matt Carpenter hit two-run homers in each of the first two games in the series. Aledmys Diaz was 7-for-8 with five RBIs.

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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