Cubs at Braves - 6/10/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (41-17) at Atlanta Braves (17-42)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
J Hammel (7-1) (2.14) vs. B Norris (1-7) (5.28)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +245 / Chicago Cubs -270 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Cubs have scored 16 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs offense has been consistent all season, and they’ve won 13 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 65 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 43 RBI and Ben Zobrist has eight home runs. Jason Hammel gets the nod, and he’s 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. Hammel is 2-4 with a 5.89 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves haven’t won back-to-back games since May 27-28. The Braves have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 4.46 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 54 hits, Nick Markakis has 34 RBI and Jeff Francoeur has two home runs. Bud Norris takes the hill, and he’s 1-7 with a 5.28 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Norris is 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 7-2 in their last 9 games following an off day and 9-1 in Hammels last 10 starts. The Braves are 2-6 in their last 8 games following an off day and 1-5 in Norris' last 6 starts. The Cubs are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta and 7-1 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Cubs are by far the best team in baseball and continue to play at a high level at both ends. The Braves are allowing runs left and right, which is bad news against a Cubs offense that lights it up. Have to side with Chicago in this spot.