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#961 Atlanta Braves 9 vs.
#962 St. Louis Cardinals Cardinals -150
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 7:05pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves will conclude a three-game series when they meet one more time at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sunday night.

Bats finally cool off

Atlanta lost on Saturday for just the fourth time in 15 games and scored fewer than four runs for only the third time in its last 13 contests. Dansby Swanson singled in four at-bats to extend his hitting streak to eight games, while Austin Riley finished 1-for-4 with a run-scoring double, giving the rookie at least one hit in nine of his first 11 major-league games. Atlanta, which took a 3-2 lead in the seventh frame on the strength of three doubles, has recorded 27 two-base hits and 26 homers while batting .262 after the sixth inning this season.

Right-hander Julio Teheran (3-4, 3.67 ERA) is taking the mound for Atlanta on Sunday. Teheran quietly has been one of the reasons Atlanta has played well this month, giving up only two earned runs while limiting opponents to a .132 batting average over 22.2 innings in four starts. The 28-year-old held San Francisco to one run and three hits while recording six strikeouts in 5.2 innings on Tuesday but did not factor in the decision of Atlanta’s 4-3 loss.

A jolt for Jedd

It has been a miserable season so far for Jedd Gyorko, but his biggest hit of 2019 sends the St. Louis Cardinals into Sunday’s home contest against the Braves looking for a series victory. Gyorko, who entered Saturday hitting just .167 with only seven singles and two RBIs, capped a four-run, eighth-inning uprising with a three-run homer to lift St. Louis to a 6-3 success its sixth win in 21 games. There were other good signs Saturday for the Cardinals, who are 7-15 this month, as Matt Carpenter finished with three hits and two RBIs–including two game-tying singles–to give him six hits in his last 12 at-bats and raise his average to .222.

Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.19 ERA) will oppose Teheran on Sunday. Flaherty allowed four or more earned runs in three of his first five starts but has pitched to a 3.34 ERA while holding opponents to a .188 batting average over his last five outings. The 23-year-old has gone 2-2 in that stretch, settling for a no-decision last Sunday at Texas after giving up two runs and four hits in 6.0 innings. Flaherty posted a road victory over the Braves on May 14, when he allowed three runs on three hits and five walks over 6.0 innings in a 14-3 rout.

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Teheran defeated the Cardinals at home on May 16, giving up just two hits in 5.0 scoreless innings. Anything similar to that kind of performance should be enough for the Braves, whose bats had been on fire prior to Saturday.

Prediction: Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was hitless in three at-bats on Saturday and enters the series finale 1-for-18 with six strikeouts in his last four games. St. Louis has momentum following Saturday’s comeback drama and Flaherty on the mound means it has a good chance of at least once again limiting the Braves’ bats. Whether or not the Cardinals can hammer out more runs is a different story.

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Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.