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Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (47-40) at Atlanta Braves (42-47)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)

K Hendricks (4-4) (3.55) vs. J Teheran (6-4) (4.56)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +116 / Chicago Cubs -126 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Chicago, FS-South

The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs face off on Friday at Turner Field for game one of their MLB series.

The Atlanta Braves were a team that needed the break for the All Star Game as they had lost five games in a row. The Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 23-17 at home, and they are seven games back in the NL East. As a team the Braves are hitting .256 with Freddie Freeman hitting .299, Nick Markakis hitting .293, and Juan Uribe hitting .290. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 4.04 with the starters at3.86 and the bullpen at 4.40. For game one against the Cubs the braves start Julio Teheran who has allowed 109 hits and 55 earned runs while striking out 86 over 108.2 innings for a 6-4 record and a 4.56 ERA.

Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/17/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Chicago Cubs hold the last Wild Card spot in the National League as they start the drive for the post season. The Cubs are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 22-20 on the road, and they are eight games back in the NL Central. As a team the Cubs are hitting .239 with Anthony Rizzo hitting .298, Kris Bryant hitting .269, and Starlin Castro hitting .247. The Cubs pitching staff has an ERA of 3.31 with the starters at 3.41 and the bullpen at 3.13. For game one against the Braves the Cubs start Kyle Hendricks who has allowed 94 hits and 39 earned runs while striking out 79 over 99 innings for a 4-4 record and a 3.55 ERA.

Atlanta is 4-1 in their last five home games, 0-5 as an underdog, and 9-2 in Teheran’s last 11 starts against the NL Central. Chicago is 5-2 in their last seven games against a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30, 0-7 in their last seven games in Atlanta, and 9-3 in Hendricks’ last 12 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance. Chicago has lost sox of their last seven games against Atlanta.

The total is set at seven and I have this one staying under that number and the under is my free pick. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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Under 7

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