Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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The Chicago Cubs are playing host to the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field. NBC Sports Chicago will be showing this NL matchup and the game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Braves are 46-32 SU and have gone 39-38 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 8.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 4.5 units ATS. Atlanta has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 42-35 SU and 37-39 ATS. The team’s lost 2.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.8 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven.

Cubs games have an over/under record of 40-32-4 so far in 2019. Atlanta has also been a great over bet with a total record of 44-28-5.

Right-hander Julio Teheran is getting the start for the visiting Braves. Teheran is 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA and 79 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA against Chicago this year.

The Cubs are turning to Jon Lester (6-5, 4.13 ERA). Lester has 75 punchouts and 18 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.35. Lester is 0-0 with seven strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA in one start against Atlanta this year.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have an ERA of 3.88, a WHIP of 1.27 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.4. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 9.1 K/9.

The Chicago hitters are putting up 5.1 runs per contest, including 3.6 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .261/.328/.441 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Javier Baez and third baseman Kris Bryant have led the Cubs’ hitters this year. Baez is hitting .284/.323/.551 with 19 home runs, 51 RBIs and 50 runs scored, and Bryant is batting .284 with 15 homers, 39 RBIs and 58 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Atlanta’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game and its starters own a 4.51 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 7.94 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.87, along with a WHIP of 1.35.

The Braves offense has slashed .266/.343/.463 on its way to 5.5 runs scored per game this season, including 7.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

First baseman Freddie Freeman and left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. continue to lead Atlanta’s hitters. Freeman is hitting .316/.404/.605 with 21 home runs, 61 RBIs and 59 runs scored, while Acuna Jr. (.286/.368/.498) has produced 18 homers, 50 RBIs, 53 runs and nine steals.

The Braves have gained 6.0 units and are 9-8 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 12 of those games, compared to four that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 0.1 units and are 31-30 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 32 of those games, compared to 27 which went under the total.

Braves vs. Cubs Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Atlanta has logged 21 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Chicago has 16 XBH over its last five.
  • The Braves have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 12 over their last 10.
  • The Braves have a team OPS of .806 this season and an OPS of .816 against left-handed pitchers. The Cubs’ OPS sits at .784 overall and .725 against southpaws.
  • Chicago has posted 19.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 21.8 over its last five.