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Braves vs. Cubs - 7/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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

MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

J Lester (4-8) (3.59) vs. Manny Banuelos (1-0) (0.75)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +128 / Chicago Cubs -138 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: ABC7, FSN-S

The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves play game two Saturday night.

The Chicago Cubs need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Cubs have scored six runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four straight games. The Cubs have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 93 hits and 48 RBI while Starlin Castro and Kris Bryant have combined for 89 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have split their last six road games. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he’s 4-8 with a 3.59 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Lester is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

Braves vs. Cubs - 7/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Braves need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Braves have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Braves have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 99 hits and 29 RBI while Cameron Maybin and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 73 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have won five of their last six home games. Manny Banuelos takes the hill, and he's 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. This will be Banuelos’ first career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 3-7 in Lesters last 10 starts. The Braves are 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games and 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home underdog. The Cubs are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta. 

The Cubs are struggling to put runs on the board and the Braves have been rather solid as of late at home. I'm not sure you can have much confidence in either of these teams right now, so the plus money at home seems like the best possible bet. 

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Atlanta Braves +128

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