7:15 pm
August 27

Braves @ Cardinals

Who will WIN this matchup?

Atlanta Braves (79-48)

@ St. Louis Cardinals (72-54)


Starting Pitchers:

Morton (ATL): 6-5; 3.99 ERA

Montgomery (STL) 7-3; 3.08 ERA


Current odds:

Atlanta Braves: (-119)

St. Louis Cardinals: (+101)


• The starting line-up for Atlanta is as follows:

Swanson, Olson, Riley, d'Arnaud, Contreras, Grissom, Harris II, Grossman, Heredia. Morton on the mound.

• The starting line-up for the Cardinals is as follows:

• Starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery will try to cap his dominant August for the St. Louis Cardinals with a win when they face the streaking Atlanta Braves Saturday.

• The Braves won 11-4 on Friday in the opener of their three-game road series at Busch Stadium for their 15th victory in their past 17 games. The Cardinals lost for just the third time in their past 13 games.

• Montgomery (7-3, 3.08 ERA) is 4-0 with a 0.35 ERA in his first four starts since arriving from the New York Yankees in a trade for center fielder Harrison Bader. Montgomery threw a one-hitter in his most recent start, a 1-0 complete game victory over the Chicago Cubs. He struck out seven, walked nobody and retired 27 batters on 99 pitches.

• Montgomery is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two career starts against the Braves. Marcell Ozuna (2-for-3, homer, three RBIs), Robbie Grossman (3-for-7, two doubles, RBI), Travis d’Arnaud (2-for-4, double) and Matt Olson (2-for-6, homer) have hit well against him.

• The Braves will counter Montgomery with Charlie Morton (6-5. 3.99 ERA), who also has been outstanding this month. Morton struck out 23 batters in 12 2/3 innings in his past two starts. He allowed just two runs on eight hits and three walks during that span.

• The 38-year-old Morton did not face the Cardinals earlier this season when the teams played in Atlanta. In his career, he is 3-12 with a 5.23 ERA in 19 starts against them. Corey Dickerson (8-for-18, two homers, three RBIs) and Yadlier Molina (10-for-31, four doubles, seven RBIs) have hit well against Morton in their careers.

• Nolan Arenado, who is just 2-for-16 against Morton, could miss this game while on paternity leave. Juan Yepez was promoted from Triple-A Memphis Friday to replace him.

• The Cardinals also brought closer Ryan Helsley back from the restricted list Friday and demoted reliever Packy Naughton to Memphis to make room for him.

StreakSmarter Pick
Atlanta Braves