Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/13/14
Atlanta Braves (50-43) at Chicago Cubs (40-52)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Julio Teheran (R) (8-6) (2.575) vs. Travis Wood (L) (7-7) (4.643)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +122 / Atlanta Braves -132 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-S, CSN-CHI
The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs play their rubber game Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
The Braves continue to struggle by losing five of their last seven games, but somehow remain eight games above .500. The Braves have scored three or less runs in six of their last 10 games, proving that offense continues to hold this team back in the NL East. Justin Upton has five RBI in this series and Freddie Freeman has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Pitching wise, the Braves have an ERA of 3.29, fifth in the majors. Taking the hill is Julio Teheran, who is 8-6 with a 2.57 ERA and has 110 strikeouts in 129.1 innings. Teheran is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs.
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The Cubs have lost seven of their last nine games and are 13 games below a .500 record. Pitching has killed the Cubs during this stretch, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. That’s not what we’ve seen from the Cubs this season, as they still have the 11th best ERA in baseball at 3.70. Offensively, Anthony Rizzo has 10 hits in his last eight games and Starlin Castro has crossed the plate once in each of his last three games. Starting is Travis Wood, who is 7-7 with a 4.64 ERA and has 85 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. This is Wood’s second career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 17-7 in Teherans last 24 starts as a favorite and 4-1 in Teherans last 5 starts vs. National League Central. The Cubs are 5-1 in Woods last 6 home starts and 8-3 in Woods last 11 starts.
The Braves are back in one of their funks, which makes me lean towards the Cubs and the plus money given the fact they're at home and have an OK pitcher on the mound.