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  W: M. Leake (4-1)   L: J. Teheran (2-3)   S: S. Oh (7)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, May 6, 2017
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 40,706

Leake opposes Teheran as Cardinals face Braves

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St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Cardinals won their 2016 series against the Braves 4-2, including winning all three games in Atlanta.
  2. The Cardinals have won their last three road contests after starting 1-6 in their games away from home this season. They are averaging 5.3 runs per game and batting .305 as a team during this current win streak.
  3. The Braves are averaging 7.3 (58/8) runs per game and batting .320 as a team since April 26. Those stats both rank second in the majors since that date.
  4. Freddie Freeman has accounted for a league-high 20.3 (25/123) percent of the Braves' total runs scored in 2017. Freeman did not score in Wednesday's loss to the Mets, snapping his streak of 10 straight games with 1+ run scored.
  5. Mike Leake has thrown 6+ innings while allowing two or fewer runs in each of his five starts in 2017. Since 1913, the only Cardinals' pitcher to have a longer such streak to open a season is Bob Tewksbury, who went 6+ innings and gave up two or fewer runs in each of in his first 10 starts in 1992 (April 10-May 30) (streaks exclude any relief appearances).
  6. Mike Foltynewicz (0-3) is looking for his first win in 2017. He is 0-2 with a 1.80 (4/20.0) ERA and .183 (13/71) opponent average in his last three starts after going 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA and .360 opponent BA in his first two. He has not gotten much help from Atlanta's offense, receiving a total of five runs of support in his 25.2 innings of work (1.75 RSA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/5/2017 thru 5/7/2017

ATLANTA -- Mike Leake has exceeded expectations so far with the St. Louis Cardinals. For Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves, it's just the opposite.

Leake will try to build off a strong April while Teheran is hoping to get back on track as the right-handers oppose each other Saturday night in the middle game of a weekend series between the Cardinals (14-14) and Braves (11-16) at SunTrust Park.

Leake (3-1) led all National League starters in April with a 1.35 ERA and was fifth with a 0.99 WHIP while going 5-for-5 in quality starts and not allowing a home run.

"The last few years have been grinding years," said Leake, who was 9-12 with a 4.69 ERA with the Cardinals in 2016. "I'm still working on all of (my pitches). But at least they're coming around and feeling good coming out of the hand. I feel like I have confidence in all of my pitches right now."

Teheran (2-2) hasn't been able to put his pitches where he wants recently as his walks have spiked and his strikeouts dropped.

After allowing just two earned runs over 19 innings in his first three starts, Teheran has seen his ERA jump to 4.33 after giving up 13 runs in 10 innings while losing his past two home starts. He walked six and gave up three homers in the losses.

"I've been battling a few starts. The last two at home have been bad," Teheran said. "The walks, that's something I've been working on because I like to make people hit the ball. Hopefully it gets better."

The Braves are counting on Teheran to be their ace after he was selected for the All-Star Game for a second time last year and posted a 3.21 ERA.

It's been Leake, though, who has been on the top of his game after plenty of ups and downs in recent years.

"He just looks better," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "He's impressive with how he's putting every pitch he wants to where he wants to and the movement and the velocity."

Leake has fared well in his career against the Braves, going 4-2 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts.

Teheran is 1-2 with a 3.13 ERA in four career starts for Atlanta against the Cardinals.

St. Louis is without right fielder Stephen Piscotty, who landed to the 10-day disabled list Friday because of a strained right hamstring suffered Thursday, but the team received some good news on center fielder Dexter Fowler.

An MRI exam in St. Louis on Friday showed no structural damage in Fowler's right shoulder, which he injured when he tried to make a diving catch an inning after Piscotty was hurt.

Fowler rejoined the Cardinals in Atlanta and was a listed as day-to-day by Matheny, who was thankful not to lose both Piscotty and Fowler to the DL.

"It didn't look very promising yesterday, but as they got a chance this morning to have a more in-depth look at it, it looked like he could even be available to hit as early as tonight, possibly tomorrow," Matheny said before Friday's 10-0 series-opening rout of the Braves. "Everything is pointing in a positive direction and, again, it wasn't what we were expecting."

Updated May 6, 2017

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