Braves vs. Cubs - 7/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (47-41) at Atlanta Braves (43-47)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm (Turner Field)
J Arrieta (10-5) (2.66) vs. S Miller (5-5) (2.38)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +115 / Chicago Cubs -125 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, FSN-S
The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves play a rubber game Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Cubs have won four of their last five games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 95 hits and 50 RBI while Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro have combined for 90 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won four of their last five road games. Jake Arrieta gets the nod, and he’s 10-5 with a 2.66 ERA and 123 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Braves have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Braves have lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 99 hits and 29 RBI while Cameron Maybin and Jace Peterson have combined for 81 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have won five of their last seven home games. Shelby Miller takes the hill, and he’s 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Miller is 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Arrietas last 5 starts. The Braves are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home underdog and 0-5 in Millers last 5 starts. The Cubs are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Atlanta.
Arrieta has been lights out pretty much all season long. The Cubs have also had recent success on the road. The Braves struggle to score as it is, which is why I'm backing Chicago and the reasonable chalk.