St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves (May 15)
The St. Louis Cardinals enter with a 22-19 record, third in the NL Central.
They head to Atlanta to face the Braves, who are second in the NL East, trailing the Phillies.
Michael Wacha is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals and Mike Soroka will be on the mound for the Braves.
Offensively, the Cardinals are hitting .260 as a team with 49 home runs and an average of just over five runs per game.
Marcell Ozuna leads in home runs (11) and RBI (34). Paul Goldschmidt has provided punch to the power duo, hitting ten home runs and knocking in 23.
Paula DeJong has been a very good contributor, with seven home runs and 19 RBI, while Jose Martinez leads the team in hitting at .339.
For the Braves, they have a balanced offensive attack, lead in home runs by Ronald Acuna’s eight.
He is tied for the team lead in RBI with Freddie Freeman, who both has 23.
Ozzie Albies, Freeman and Acuna each have seven home runs, while Josh Donaldson and Dansby Swanson each have six.
As a team, the Braves are hitting .262 with 52 home runs and average 4.8 runs per game.
Michael Wacha is 3-0 for the season but has a 5.35 ERA.
He’s been hurt by control (22 walks) and the long ball (7 home runs allowed).
If Wacha can get the ball to the bull pen, the trio of Jordan Hicks, John Gant and John Brebbia have been outstanding.
Hicks has nine saves and the trio has allowed a combined eight earned runs in 60 1/3 innings.
As a team, the Cardinals have allowed 4.5 runs per game.
Mike Soroka has been a pleasant surprise for the Braves, pitching to a 1.21 ERA in 29 2/3 innings, striking out 31 and not allowing a home run.
Luke Jackson, Dan WInkler and Josh Tomlin have been the most effective out of the bull pen, combining with a 2.73 ERA in 52 2/3 innings.
The Braves have allowed an average of 4.8 runs per game.
The Cardinals production will likely be lower than their average for the season against a red hot Soroka.
The Braves are at home and have the edge in the game, overall, but the feeling is that Wacha will pitch well enough, combined with a solid bullpen, to keep the Braves under their usual output.