Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (41-18) at Atlanta Braves (18-42)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Turner Field)
J Arrieta (9-1) (1.80) vs. Matt Wisler (2-6) (3.98)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +263 / Chicago Cubs -295 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, CSCh
On Saturday in MLB action from Turner Field, the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves will be continuing their weekend series.
This will be the second game of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Braves shocked the Cubs with a 5-1 win, holding Chicago to just four hits on the night.
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For Saturday’s matchup, the Cubs will be wheeling out right-hander Jake Arrieta. In his 12 starts and 9-1 record this season, Arrieta has logged a 1.80 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in 80 innings. Sunday, Arrieta took his first loss of the season against the Diamondbacks, allowing nine hits and three earned.
The Cubs are strong at the plate as well this season. Kris Bryant has 65 hits with 44 runs and 43 RBI alongside 14 homers. Bryant went 0-for-4 on Friday. Dexter Fowler is also great on 64 hits with 38 runs and 27 RBI. Anthony Rizzo is also hitting well on 13 homers, 43 RBI, 53 hits and 35 runs. Rizzo was out Friday due to back tightness.
The Braves will be countering with RHP Matt Wisler in Saturday’s game. Over his 12 games (11 starts) and 2-6 record, Wisler owns a 3.98 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 72.1 innings of work. On Sunday against the Dodgers, Wisler got lit up for eight runs on nine hits in just four innings.
Atlanta hasn’t been great at scoring this year, but there are a few standout batters here. Freddie Freeman leads the charge on 54 hits with 27 runs and 18 RBI. Nick Markakis has 53 hits with 19 runs and 34 RBI on the season. Markakis came up empty on Friday, though. Jeff Francoeur has 38 hits with 14 runs and 16 RBI.
The Cubs are 4-1 in their last five Saturday games, and 36-15 in their last 51 game twos of a series. Chicago is also 4-0 in Arrieta’s last four Saturday starts, and 7-1 in Arrieta’s last eight starts in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 6-14 in their last 20 Saturday games, and 1-4 in their last five game twos of a series. Atlanta is also 2-6 in Wisler’s last eight starts in game two of a series, and 0-6 in Wisler’s last six home starts.
I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to believe the Braves will win this game. Give me the Cubs and Arrieta all day long, despite the game one loss.