The Atlanta Braves will travel to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals in the first of a three-game series Friday night from Busch Stadium. The Braves will send 27-year old right-hander Mike Foltynewicz to the mound, and the Cardinals will counter with 30-year old right-hander Miles Mikolas. The Braves won two of three against the Cardinals last week in Atlanta.
Foltynewicz Rebounds with Quality Start, Targets 1st Win
Mike Foltynewicz will take the mound for the sixth time of the season, still hunting for his elusive first win of the season. Foltynewicz came through with his best start of the season last time out, limiting the Brewers to only two runs in seven innings, leading to the no-decision in a game the Braves lost. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has yet to find his groove on the mound this season, registering a terrible 6.91 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP to go along with a 0-3 record in 27.1 innings pitched. Foltynewicz faced the Cardinals earlier this month and he was shelled for eight runs in 4.2 innings, and he stands at 2-4 with an abysmal 9.33 ERA in six career starts against the Cardinals. Matt Carpenter is 2 for 9 with three RBI’s against Foltynewicz, while Marcell Ozuna is 5 for 22, and Paul Goldschmidt is 3 for 18.
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Freddie Freeman is the hottest hitter in the Braves lineup, bashing five home runs along with eight RBI’s in his last seven games. The 29-year old slugger features a fantastic .358 average on the month, and he is hitting .325 with 12 homers and 31 RBI’s on the season. Freeman is 4 for 9 with two RBI’s against the Cardinals this season. Ender Enciarte remains out of the Braves lineup.
The Braves have cooled off slightly at the plate, although they are still averaging 4.94 runs, good for 11th in the Majors. The Atlanta pitching staff owns a 4.23 team ERA, pegging them 14th overall. The Braves stand at 13-11 on the road entering Thursday.
Mikolas Surrenders Season-High 7 Runs in 2nd Straight Loss
Miles Mikolas will make his 11th start of the year, looking to avoid his third straight defeat. Mikolas is coming off his worst start of the season, serving up seven runs including two home runs in 1.1 innings on the road against the Rangers, resulting in the defeat to even his record at 2-2. Overall, the veteran right-hander is a reliable option, and he has recorded a Quality Start in three out of his last four outings. Mikolas holds a 4.88 ERA and a strong 1.19 WHIP in 55.1 innings logged on the season. He has excelled in his limited career action against the Braves, allowing three runs paired with a 1-1 record in 13.2 innings. Ronald Acuna Jr. is 2 for 6 against Mikolas, while Freddy Freeman is 2 for 7, and Nick Markakis is 0 for 7.
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Paul DeJong is swinging a hot bat, collecting five hits along with seven RBI’s in his last four games. The 25-year old shortstop has fared well against Braves’ starter Mike Foltynewicz, recording 3 hits in 7 at-bats with three RBI’s, and he is 2 for 10 against Atlanta this season. DeJong is hitting a stellar .311 with eight homers and 26 RBI’s on the season.
The Cardinals stand 10th in the big leagues with an average of 5.08 runs per game. The St. Louis pitching staff is carrying a 4.42 team ERA, pegging them 21st overall. The Cardinals stand at 15-10 at Busch Stadium this season.
The Atlanta Braves are:
- 0-7 in Foltynewicz’s last 7 starts.
- 1-4 in Foltynewicz’ last 5 starts against the Cardinals.
- 4-10 in their last 14 road games against a team with a winning home record.
The St. Louis Cardinals are:
- 10-3 in Mikolas’ last 13 home starts.
- 10-1 in Mikolas’ last 11 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 8-3 in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning road record.