The Braves play game three of their 4-game set at home against the Cardinals. They’ll send Tommy Hanson to the mound where he is 9-11 with a 3.58 ERA this season. His last home start was a seven inning, one hit effort against the Mets. Hanson has not started against the Cardinals in his short career in the majors. He’ll face a St. Louis squad that has lost three of their last five games so far on their current road trip. They are now 30-42 on the road where they hit .255 as a team. In their last eight games, the Cardinals are hitting just .232 as a unit. Atlanta’s bullpen picked up another win last night at home and they are now 16-3 in Turner Field.
Jake Westbrook will make another road start for the Cardinals. He’s 3-6 with a 4.85 ERA in 15 starts away from home this season. He last faced the Braves way back in 2004 falling 4-0 to Atlanta. Alex Gonzalez (5-12), Eric Hinske (5-12), Troy Glaus (3-10), and Derrek Lee (1-3) all have good numbers against Westbrook. With last night’s 8-6 win, the Braves are now 50-20 at home where they average approximately 5 runs per game. Atlanta will face a St. Louis bullpen that has an ERA over 4.00 on the road this season. We give the edge to the home team here so we’ll recommend a play on the Braves this afternoon.