Cubs vs. Braves - 8/23/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (53-69) at Chicago Cubs (69-51)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Matt Wisler (5-3) (4.65) vs. J Hammel (6-5) (3.37)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -240 / Atlanta Braves +220 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs end their four-game series Sunday.
The Atlanta Braves need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The Braves have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight. The Braves have lost five straight games when scoring three or less runs. Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 140 hits and 46 RBI while Cameron Maybin and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 84 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have lost eight straight road games. Matt Wisler gets the ball, and he’s 5-3 with a 4.65 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. This is Wisler’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight. The Cubs have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 127 hits and 76 RBI while Kris Bryant and Dexter Fowler have combined for 106 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won 10 of their last 12 home games. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.38 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 16-35 in their last 51 road games vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 in Wislers last 5 road starts. The Cubs are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 4 of a series and 1-4 in Hammels last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Braves are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings.
The Cubs are simply rolling at rome and have their eyes set on the postseason. The Braves, well, they have their eyes set on the beach and the offseason. Give me the Cubs to win by at least two runs.