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Braves vs Cardinals Free Pick May 11, 2012

The Atlanta Braves visit the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night for the first of three games. The Cardinals have played very well of late and have an overall record of 20-11, while the Braves are tied for first place with the Washington Nationals with a record 19-13.

The Cardinals have won their last four games and are 3 ½ games in front of Cincinnati in the National League Central. St. Louis beat Arizona on Wednesday to sweep the Diamondbacks. Rafael Furcal who has an average of .361 leads the Cards in batting. David Freese and Allen Craig also are hot at this time for the Cardinals.

Mike Minor will start on the mound for the Braves. Minor is 2-2 with an ERA of 5.97 and was hit hard in his last game. The Braves beat the Rockies 13-9 but he gave up 10 hits and allowed 8 runs in just five innings. Jaime Garcia will start for the Cardinals in Friday’s game. Garcia is 2-2 with an ERA of 3.76. He also was hit hard in his last game. He gave up six runs in a loss to Houston.

St. Louis is 6-1 against starters who are left handed, while the Braves are 7-7 against southpaws. The Cards have a home record of 8-4 and the Braves are 11-8 playing on the road. Both the Braves and Cardinals lead the National League in hitting.

For the Cardinals the UNDER is 16-14-1 this season, but at home the OVER is 9-3 in 12 games. The OVER for the Braves is 16-14-2 and 10-8-1 on the road. This week the UNDER paid out in the three games they played against the Cubs.

The current line has the Cardinal as the favorite at -145 and the Braves at +135. The total is at 8. Take the Cardinals at home to beat the Braves, with the total ending OVER.

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Friday, May 11th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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