Cardinals vs Braves Live: The St. Louis Cardinals will face off against the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of their three-game series at SunTrust Park. The Cardinals enter this game coming off a loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final clash of their four-game set.
The Cardinals will deploy Matt Carpenter at the leadoff spot, with sluggers Paul Goldschmidt, Paul DeJong and Marcell Ozuna hitting behind him in a strong top half of the lineup. Jose Martínez is in right field and batting fifth.
Starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (3-3) will take the mound and look to rebound from his last start, where he went just 5 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 4 hits with a 2:3 K:BB ratio. He currently sports a 4.32 ERA, and has not pitched up to expectations just yet. He’ll look to turn that around against a tough Braves lineup. He’s looking to grab his first win since April 28.
The Braves will enter this game on a high after winning their last series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves have tinkered their lineup recently, placing Ronald Acuña Jr. at the top of the order. Dansby Swanson bats second, with the ever-dangerous Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman backing him up.
The Braves are averaging 4.8 runs per game, and may need every one of those runs against the Cardinals as they deploy Mike Foltynewicz (0-2). Foltyhas not yet found the success that he had during his breakout campaign in 2018. He has posted a 5.94 ERA (11 earned runs) through his first three starts, with just 10 strikeouts in 16.2 innings pitched.
Foltynewicz started the season on the IL, but since his return he has yet to strikeout more than five batters in a game. It will be tough, but perhaps he can turn the tide against a formidable Cardinals lineup.