MLB Free Picks: Cardinals @ Braves MLB Baseball Tips 7/26/13

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We’re always trying to make the most money possible off of the MLB odds each and every night. Join us on Friday, as we make our St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the diamond.

July 26th MLB Picks: St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves
Date: Friday, March 26th, 7:30 ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA
Cardinals vs. Braves On TV: MLB Network

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MLB Lines & Probable Starting Pitchers
St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) -126
Atlanta Braves (Mike Minor) +119
Total: 7.5

Part of the reason why the Cardinals are one of the best teams in baseball is because they are slugging the heck out of the baseball. They have four batters who are hitting at least .300, and there just aren’t many other teams in the league that even remotely have that capacity. The great equalizer against this lineup though, has been left-handed pitching. Against lefties this year, the Redbirds are hitting .245 with an average of just 4.22 runs per nine innings, far more reasonable than the .281 average and 5.41 runs per nine innings they’re averaging against righties. LHP Mike Minor is one of the best southpaws in the game, as he is 9-5 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. That’s why it surprises us so much that the Braves are the underdogs in this game. We know that RHP Adam Wainwright has the “name” backing behind him, and he does really have fantastic stats as well. However, if you look at those numbers, a 2.44 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP, though awesome, aren’t significantly better numbers than what Minor is bringing to the table. The left-handed nature of it all really levels the playing field, and when we tack in the value on home field advantage, we really do have the winner in this one in Atlanta. This is easily the best MLB free pick of the day.

St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves Pick: Atlanta Braves +119
St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves Score Prediction: Braves 4 – Cardinals 3

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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