gerrit-cole-yankees.jpg
Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to turn around their recent fortunes when they take on the Atlanta Braves in a key National League matchup on Sunday Night Baseball. The Cardinals (35-35), who are 16-20 on the road this season, entered Sunday 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Braves (32-35), who are 19-19 at home on the year, have won four of the last six games in the series. Atlanta entered play on Sunday 4-6 in its past 10 games.

First pitch from Truist Park in Atlanta is set for 7:08 p.m. ET. The Braves are fourth in MLB with 98 home runs, while the Cardinals are 20th with 75. Atlanta is a -121 favorite on the money line in the latest Cardinals vs. Braves odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is 7.5. Before making any Braves vs. Cardinals picks, check out the latest Sunday Night Baseball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every pitch of every game 10,000 times, had a banner 2019 season, the league's last full schedule, returning more than $1,400 on its top-rated money-line and run-line MLB picks. It's off to a sizzling start in 2021, going 89-65 on top-rated MLB money-line picks through 11 weeks, returning well over $1,200. Anyone following it has seen huge rewards.

Now, the model has dialed in on Cardinals vs. Braves on Sunday Night Baseball. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the MLB lines and trends for Braves vs. Cardinals:

  • Cardinals vs. Braves money line: St. Louis +110, Atlanta -121
  • Cardinals vs. Braves run line: Atlanta -1.5
  • Cardinals vs. Braves over-under: 7.5 runs
  • STL: The under is 5-1 in Cardinals' last six games overall
  • ATL: The Braves are 5-0 in their last five games against a NL Central opponent
Featured Game | Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Why you should back the Braves

Outfielder Austin Riley has been a big part of Atlanta's offense and has hits in three of the Braves' last five games, including a 3-for-3 performance at Miami on June 13. For the season, Riley is batting .286 with 12 homers, 33 RBIs and 35 runs scored. He has a .489 slugging percentage with an OPS of .860. In seven career games against St. Louis, Riley is batting .269 with two doubles, one homer and six RBIs.

Also powering the offense has been second baseman Ozzie Albies, who has been red hot in the series. He is 4-for-9 with a double, triple, home run and four RBIs. For the season, Albies is hitting .257 with 10 homers, 43 RBIs and 40 runs scored. He has had some success against the Cardinals in his career, batting .246 with two doubles, one homer and eight RBIs in 15 career games against them.

Why you should back the Cardinals

St. Louis will start left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim (1-4, 3.72 ERA), who has pitched better of late. In his last outing, he got a no-decision in a 2-1 Cardinals victory over Miami on Tuesday. In six innings, he allowed one earned run on three hits with a career-high five walks and six strikeouts. This will be the first time he has ever faced Atlanta.

Third baseman Tommy Edman has played well this season and is batting .260 with four homers, 18 RBIs and 37 runs scored in 68 games. He doubled and scored the Cardinals' lone run in Friday's 9-1 loss. He has 18 multi-hit games this year, including a four-hit performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 1. He has a .305 on-base percentage and a .684 OPS.

How to make Braves vs. Cardinals picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, as the teams combine for 7.2 runs in the simulations, and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine

So who wins Cardinals vs. Braves on Sunday Night Baseball? And which side of the money line has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the money line to jump on, all from the advanced model off to a hot start in 2021.