8:15 PM ET, August 23, 2013
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Atlanta: Medlen (10-11, 3.71 ERA)
St. Louis: Wainwright (14-7, 2.66 ERA)
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is back to top shape which means bad news for an Atlanta Braves team having a hard time scoring runs.
Tonight Wainwright will try to impress YouWager experts with one of his best starts and lead the Cards to their sixth victory in seven games versus the visiting NL East leaders.
Matt Holliday continued his tear at Busch Stadium with two doubles as the Redbirds won for only the second time in 10 regular-season meetings with a 6-2 win in Thursday’s series opener. The 33 year-old is batting .458 with four homers and 14 RBIs during a 14-game home hitting streak.
St. Louis (74-53) remained one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the NL Central lead.
In contrast, Atlanta (77-50) has a comfortable 14-game bulge atop the East, but have totaled 11 runs and hit .237 while splitting their last four contests.
The Braves might have a difficult time regrouping versus Wainwright (14-7, 2.66 ERA), who ranks among the top 10 in the majors in ERA and strikeouts. After going 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA over his previous four starts, the Georgia native fanned 11 while allowing one run and five hits over seven innings in beating the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Sunday.
However, the right-hander has had some trouble while facing Atlanta lately. Since winning his first six starts versus the Braves, he’s allowed nine runs and 16 hits over 11 1/3 innings while dropping his last two. The 2x World Series champ struck out eight and gave up four runs over seven innings in a 4-1 defeat at Atlanta on July 26.
The Braves will be sending Kris Medlen (10-11, 3.71) to the mound as he tries to win his fifth straight start.
The California native made his first relief appearance Saturday, giving up a go-ahead home run to Adam LaRoche in the 15th inning of an 8-7 defeat versus the Washington Nationals. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits over his three innings, according to the MLB moneyline.