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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves Preview and Predictions 05-16-2019 in MLB


The newest piece of the Atlanta Braves' constant young wave of talent has arrived in the major leagues, and Austin Riley will look to continue making an impact in Thursday's series finale at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. One of the top-ranked prospects in the Braves minor-league system homered in his big-league debut Wednesday, helping power Atlanta to its fourth victory in five games with a 4-0 win that evened the three-game series at one game apiece.

Promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier Wednesday after outfielder Ender Inciarte landed on the injured list with a lumbar strain in his back, the 22-year-old Riley finished 1-for-3 with a 438-foot homer leading off the fourth inning, helping 21-year-old Mike Soroka get his fourth win and lower his ERA to 0.98 in six starts. After scoring 14 runs in the series opener, St. Louis was limited to three hits in falling for the 10th time in its past 13 games. Third baseman Matt Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk and is hitting just .199 on the season, batting .115 in his past eight games with six strikeouts and one extra-base hit in that span. Shortstop Paul DeJong collected one hit in four at-bats, and is batting .400 in eight career games against the Braves entering the series finale.

TV: 7:20 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS Southeast (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Adam Wainwright (3-3, 4.15 ERA) vs. Braves RH Julio Teheran (2-4, 4.26)

Wainwright already has made as many starts this season as he did in an injury-marred 2018 (eight), and the 14-year veteran has given up more than three earned runs only twice. The 37-year-old got a no-decision Friday against Pittsburgh despite not walking a hitter and allowing only one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in a season-best seven innings. Wainwright, who has posted a 3.66 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings in his past seven starts, is 9-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.284 WHIP in 18 career games (13 starts) against Atlanta.



Teheran has not recorded a decision in his first two May starts but has shaved more than a run off his ERA, giving up just one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks in 12 innings against Miami and Arizona. The 28-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer four times in his past six outings, including six innings of two-hit shutout pitching against Miami on May 5 and one run on three hits surrendered at Arizona on Friday. Teheran, who has held right-handed batters to a .198 average this season, is 2-3 in six lifetime starts against St. Louis with a 3.18 ERA.

WALK-OFFS

1. St. Louis OF Marcell Ozuna leads the majors in homers with runners on base (eight).

2. Atlanta promoted RHP Touki Toussaint from Triple-A Gwinnett and designated LHP Jesse Biddle for assignment prior to Wednesday's game.

3. Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong is hitting .344 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 10 walks in 20 road games this season.

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SunTrust Park
Cumberland, Georgia, USA.
Capacity: 41,500

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Last Injuries

Atlanta Braves

  • Arodys Vizcaino

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Vizcaino has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after having surgery to remove scar tissue from his right elbow. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Ender Inciarte

    Back
    Mid June | 10-day IL

    Inciarte sustained a lumbar strain and has been designated for the 10-day injured list. It is anticipated that he will be out of commission until at least the middle of June.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Donaldson is unlikely to take part in Wednesday's game against the Giants due to a day of rest.

  • Ozzie Albies

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Albies is not expected to be in Tuesday's lineup against the Giants as he will be granted a day of rest.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Donaldson is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Brewers as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Kevin Gausman

    Suspension
    Elig Sat | out

    Gausman has been handed a five-game suspension for throwing behind a batter but is expected to be reinstated for Saturday's contest versus the Brewers.

  • Freddie Freeman

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Freeman sat out the last game due to an illness but is expected to suit up against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

  • Jesse Biddle

    Thigh
    Prob Tues | probable

    Biddle has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a right thigh contusion and right groin strain. He is projected to be available Tuesday against the Cardinals.

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St. Louis Cardinals

  • Trevor Rosenthal

    Virus
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Rosenthal has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a viral infection, and he is expected to be away from the team until at least the start of June.

  • Harrison Bader

    Elbow
    Doub Wed | doubtful

    Bader left the previous game due to an elbow injury, leaving his status in doubt for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Royals.

  • Yadier Molina

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Molina is absent from the starting lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Royals as he will receive a game to rest.

  • Matt Carpenter

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Carpenter is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Rangers as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Carlos Martinez

    Shoulder
    Prob Sat | 10-day IL

    Martinez is on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder cuff strain. He is on a rehab assignment, but it is anticipated that he will be activated in time for Saturday's game against the Rangers.

  • Brett Cecil

    Hand
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Cecil has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to left hand Carpal Tunnel syndrome and is expected to be out of action until the All-Star break.

  • Harrison Bader

    Neck
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Bader is dealing with neck stiffness, and it is unclear if he will play against the Rangers on Friday.

  • Harrison Bader

    Neck
    Doub Thurs | doubtful

    Bader missed the last game due to stiffness in his neck and is unlikely to play against the Braves on Thursday.

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atlanta-braves Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Charlie Culberson 29 3 34 6 15 2 0 3 10 26 0 9 1 .441 .765 .429
Austin Riley 7 7 26 5 10 1 0 3 6 20 0 8 1 .385 .769 .407
Freddie Freeman 48 48 187 34 59 12 1 11 30 106 0 37 1 .316 .567 .405
Ronald Acuna Jr. 48 47 179 32 53 6 1 11 31 94 5 44 2 .296 .525 .388
Brian McCann 22 22 75 8 22 4 0 3 17 35 0 8 0 .293 .467 .352
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Luke Jackson 22 0 72 31 1 23 2 3 9 0 0 3 8 375
Dan Winkler 16 0 37 14 0 6 2 0 2 0 0 0 7 190
Jacob Webb 16 0 42 14 0 10 2 0 3 0 0 1 5 232
A.J. Minter 15 0 33 16 0 17 2 1 12 0 0 1 9 243
Wes Parsons 15 0 43 12 0 11 2 0 7 0 0 2 11 249
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Brian McCann 22 22 0 11 1 0 0 2
Tyler Flowers 27 24 0 11 4 0 0 5
Austin Riley 7 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
Charlie Culberson 29 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dansby Swanson 49 46 0 0 0 5 0 0

st-louis-cardinals Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Ryan Helsley 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Lane Thomas 8 1 10 1 4 0 0 1 4 7 1 1 0 .400 .700 .455
Yairo Munoz 24 4 38 6 13 2 0 0 0 15 0 6 1 .342 .395 .359
Matt Wieters 15 4 24 1 8 0 0 1 6 11 1 7 1 .333 .458 .346
Jose Martinez 49 35 144 21 45 8 0 3 21 62 1 31 0 .313 .431 .367
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
John Gant 23 0 82 27 0 12 3 0 4 0 0 1 7 408
Andrew Miller 22 0 53 24 3 16 5 0 11 0 0 1 9 319
John Brebbia 22 0 79 30 2 16 3 0 5 0 0 0 9 432
Dominic Leone 20 0 64 27 0 24 5 0 19 0 0 0 11 372
Giovanny Gallegos 17 0 61 33 1 12 3 2 8 0 0 1 6 327
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Yadier Molina 46 45 0 8 3 1 0 3
Dakota Hudson 9 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
Dexter Fowler 42 38 0 0 0 3 2 0
Harrison Bader 36 23 0 0 0 1 2 0
Jedd Gyorko 27 6 0 0 0 2 0 0