Even the St. Louis Cardinals edged out the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS to jump into a 1-0 series lead.
It was an entertaining game, with matters opening between the Cards and Braves. After allowing just the Cardinals piled 6 runs between the 9th and 8th inning. A powerful performance by Dallas Keuchel was squandered fairly quickly. Keuchel went 5 innings on the bump, having allowed only 3 hits and 1 earned run. He would have been better off going for a comprehensive game given the meltdown of the bullpen.
Mark Melancon was the Cardinals victim. He allowed 5 hits and 4 earned runs. Melancon was obtained to provide the bullpen some depth, but he came up for the Braves, when the brightest lights were around from the postseason. That is not what the Braves paid him to do, however, give the Cardinals credit, they. The Cardinals have the experience and are known to pick up their amount of play with this time of the year.
The Braves will be put in a near must-win situation on Friday. Topping the Cardinals in three straight games would not be easy, particularly having to go to Busch Stadium and perform in front of an electric crowd in the street. The sky is not falling in about the Braves but a win is going to be necessary Friday. Its funny how fast a year can wind in the postseason. Whether its that the Wild Card Game or even a show at the divisional rounds, then there is no room for error like seven games provides.
It doesnt necessarily interpret over to October, although the Braves have been always good in the regular season. They have a tall task against Jack Flaherty, that has been blazing hot. Mike Foltynewicz was becoming a groove, however, so this one claims to be a showdown. Head below for our free Cardinals vs. Braves select in the NDLS on Friday.
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There isnt a pitcher available in the majors who has been pitching as well as Jack Flaherty entering the postseason. The guy has been receiving little attention outside of St. Louis, however just like Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha did if theyre young, Flaherty has a chance to be the next young pitcher to donate from the playoffs. Flaherty finished up his second full year in the major leagues with a 2.75 and 0.97 WHIP. That improves on a good season from 2018 at which he published a 3.34 ERA in 28 starts.
Flaherty work in the past few months of the season. With the strain in the kitchen, Flaherty turned into the heat dominant showings. Hes been on fire as July. Flaherty hasnt allowed more than 3 runs. In one of those 16 games were over 2 runs let by him. Leading around October, Flaherty posted an ERA of 0.41 and 0.45 WHIP in his past three outings. The Braves are currently hitting on on .209 in 67 at-bats, so that they have not been great.
A man whos going to offer them a chance at winning, though is being sent out by atlanta. Mike Foltynewicz found his stroke late to get back on course to the postseason. He was sharp the stretch, with great work to buck an more ugly trend because of him. Despite a 4.54 ERA, Folty has not allowed more than 3 runs in eight consecutive contests.
He has also surrendered fewer or two runs in seven games. In his past 3 outings, Foltynewicz has been pitching well using a 2.00 ERA and 0.72 WHIP. None of the work Foltynewicz and Flaherty do regardless of just like that they did in Game 1 if the bullpens pitch. Anticipate this to resemble a tight contest when the offense was got by them . In after a rough 9, the bullpens settle. A total of 8.5 looks like good value about the UNDER in Game 2.