Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - 8/22/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (53-69) at Chicago Cubs (69-51)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
W Perez (4-4) (4.34) vs. D Haren (8-8) (3.62)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -205 / Atlanta Braves +190 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves look to even their series at Wrigley Field with a win against the Chicago Cubs.
The Atlanta Braves seem like the long season has taken a toll although third in the National League East isn’t bad for a team not expected to do much. The Braves fell at Wrigley Field by a 5-3 count on Friday afternoon with Shelby Miller getting the loss with four runs allowed (three earned) on six hits over 6.1 frames. That was too much for the offense that managed eight hits and a pair of BB that saw Nick Markakis go 2-5 with a pair of RBI’s and a run while Freddie Freeman rapped an RBI single. Williams Perez gets his first career start versus the Cubs Saturday. Perez comes off of a 5-3 loss at San Diego where he allowed four runs over 6.1 innings.
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The Chicago Cubs have refused to go away and have made the National League Central a three team race. The Cubs did their part with another win Friday afternoon as Kyle Hendricks was just good enough on the mound with all three runs plated on seven hits through five innings with four relievers putting up zeros. The Cubbies totaled eight hits and walked four times with Chris Coghlan cracking a solo bomb while Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero each drove in runs and scored. Veteran Dan Haren faces off with the Braves for the second time in 2015. Haren dropped a 3-1 decision to the White Sox last time out with all three runs scoring on solo homers in 4.2 innings.
The over is 12-4 in Atlanta’s last 16 Saturday games and is 11-4-2 in their last 17 on grass while the Braves are 16-43 in their last 59 road games. Chicago are 9-2 in their last 11 home games and are 17-5 in their last 22 overall while going 17-5 in their last 22 games on grass. Atlanta are 12-5 in the last 17 meetings. I’m just going with the team that won’t go away and has a lot to play for…