MLB Picks: Cardinals vs. Braves

  • Date & Location: Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Truist Park in Atlanta, GA
  • Time: 7:20 p.m. ET
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Two of the top teams in the National League meet on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 when the St. Louis Cardinals face the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta. The Braves are the No. 2 team in the National League East with a record of 46-34. They trail the New York Mets in that division by 3.5 games. As for the Cardinals, they are in the No. 2 spot in the NL Central behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals have a 44-37 record on the season and are two games behind Milwaukee.

The Cardinals and Braves have not met so far in 2022. In the two series the teams played in 2021, the Braves went 6-1, sweeping the Cardinals in their three-game series in the second half of the season by a combined score of 21-9.

As of this writing, the Braves are 24-17 at home and the Cardinals are 20-21 on the road.

Before we look at the July 5, 2022 matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves, check out our 2022 World Series Betting Guide, as well as the best sites for betting on MLB in 2022. 

Cardinals vs. Braves picks

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Cardinals vs. Braves starting pitching

Andre Pallante is scheduled to get the start for the Cardinals on July 5. The 23-year-old right-hander is in his rookie season with the St. Louis club. He has started five games and put together a 2-3 record.

Pallante was the only rookie on the Cardinals roster on opening day and he served as a reliever for most of the early portion of the 2022 season. However, with three starters on the injured list, St. Louis has looked to Pallante for some starts. He’s thrown well. He has a 2.10 ERA on the season with 33 strikeouts in 55.2 innings pitched.

The Braves will have Ian Anderson on the mound on July 5. The 24-year-old has been with Atlanta since the 2020 season. The right-hander has started 15 games this year and brings a record of 6-5 with him into the matchup with the Cardinals. Anderson has an ERA of 5.31 this season with 66 strikeouts in 76.1 innings pitched.

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Cardinals vs. Braves hitting

Paul Goldschmidt had a great spring training. The 34-year-old first baseman for the Cardinals hit .500 in the preseason. Goldschmidt has carried his hot bat into the 2022 MLB regular season, where he leads the NL in batting average at .341. His closest competitor in that department is Manny Machado, who is hitting .320. Goldschmidt is also first in the NL in hits (100), second in the NL in RBIs (65) and fifth in the league in home runs with 19. Brendan Donovan has the second best batting average for the Cards at .296. Nolan Arenado has the second best OPS for St. Louis at .891, which trails Goldschmidt’s 1.047.

The Braves don’t have a single player who is as strong at the plate as Goldschmidt, but the team has a potent duo in Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley. Swanson leads the Braves in batting average (.301), hits (91) and OBP (.360). Riley is tops on the team in home runs (20) and RBIs (48).

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Our pick

Heading into this series, the Braves are 6-4 in their past 10 and the Cardinals are 4-6. Both teams are doing well in run differential with Atlanta at +49 and St. Louis at +65. This should be a very entertaining series and it would not be a surprise to see both these teams in the 2022 National League playoffs.

For this July 5 game, I think the Cardinals have the advantage on the mound and as long as Pallante can give them some good innings as the starter, I think they carry that to victory.

Pick: St. Louis Cardinals to beat the Atlanta Braves.

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Trent Reinsmith

Trent covers UFC and MMA for MTS. He has written for USA Today Sports, Vice, Bloody Elbow, Fight! Magazine, UFC 360, and Narratively among others. He has been involved with MMA since he and some friends threw some money together to purchase the pay-per-view of UFC 1, and the rest is history.

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