The Atlanta Braves will square off against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. WGN will be televising this NL showdown and the game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET.
Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs Odds
The Cubs are 7-7 SU and 6-7 ATS. They’ve lost 6.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.9 units against the spread (ATS). Chicago has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven. The Braves have gone 8-6 SU this year and are 10-3 ATS. Overall, the teams gained 5.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and 7.4 units ATS. Atlantahas covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in six of those seven.
Chicago games have an over/under record of 5-8 thus far in 2018. The Braves have an over/under record of 4-6-3.
The Braves have gained 4.5 units and are 9-3 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in four of those games, as opposed to five that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 4.2 units and are 4-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in four of those games, as opposed to five which went under the total.
Julio Teheran (0-1, 7.07 ERA) will get the nod for the visiting Braves. The right-handed Teheran started 32 games last year and finished the season 11-13 overall with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.
The Cubbies will put the ball in the hands of righty Tyler Chatwood (0-2, 4.91 ERA), who started 25 games last year and finished the season 8-15 overall with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 5.40, a WHIP of 1.65 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.7. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.09, a WHIP of 1.11 and a K/9 of 8.7.
The Chicago hitters have put up 5.1 runs per contest, including 5.3 per game over its last 10 games and 6.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .269/.350/.474 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.
Third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez have led the Cubs hitters this year. Bryant is hitting .352/.493/.611 with 19 hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored, and Baez line is .191/.309/.574 with nine hits, 14 RBIs and 11 runs.
In the other dugout, Atlanta’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.86 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 9.46 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 2.88, along with a WHIP of 1.41 and a K/9 of 9.43.
Braves hitters have slashed .270/.355/.448 on their way to 5.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.4 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).
Atlanta’s offense has been led by first baseman Freddie Freeman and second baseman Ozzie Albies. Freeman is hitting .320/.493/.560 with 16 hits, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Albies is hitting .313 with 20 hits, five homers, 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Braves, O/U – OVER
- Atlanta has recorded 24.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 22.0 over its last five.
- The Braves have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 10 over their last 10.