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.
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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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.307 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- HOMERUNS 35 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- RUNS BATTED IN 102 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- STOLEN BASES 29 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 18 Huascar Ynoa #73 | RP
- WINS 14 Max Fried #54 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 143 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- SAVES 18 Luke Jackson #77 | RP
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- ShoulderEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Venters has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a left shoulder strain, but he is likely to be activated before the early part of September.
- GroinOut Tues | out
Demeritte is battling a sore groin and will not suit up against the Astros on Tuesday.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Webb has been designated for the 60-day injured list due to a right elbow impingement and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
- ToeEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Dayton has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a broken right big toe. He is expected to be away from the mound until at least the beginning of September.
- KneeQues Wed | questionable
McCann exited the last game due to left knee soreness, leaving his status for Wednesday's matchup versus the Marlins clouded.
- HamstringLate Sept | 10-day IL
Incarte will spend an extended period on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. He is likely to miss four to six weeks of action.
- HeelEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Swanson has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left foot contusion, but he is expected to return in the early part of September.
- KneeEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Riley is likely to be on the 10-day injured list until at least the start of September with a partial tear of the LCL in his knee.
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- ShoulderEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Martinez is expected to until the start of September while on the 10-day injured list with an AC sprain in his right shoulder.
- RestQues Tues | questionable
Carpenter is unlikely to be a participant in Tuesday's matchup against the Brewers due to a day of rest.
- ThumbProb Tues | probable
Molina has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a strained tendon in his right thumb. It is anticipated that he will be available for Tuesday's game versus the Royals.
- FootQues Fri | questionable
Carpenter departed the last game due to a foot injury, and it is unclear if he will draw back into the lineup against the Pirates on Friday.
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