Cubs vs. Braves - 8/20/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (53-67) at Chicago Cubs (67-50)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
M Foltynewicz (4-4) (5.61) vs. K Hendricks (6-5) (3.98)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -264 / Atlanta Braves +241 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs begin a series Thursday night.
The Atlanta Braves look for a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Braves have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Braves have lost five of their last seven when scoring three or less runs. Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 136 hits and 44 RBI while Cameron Maybin and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 84 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have lost five straight road games. Mike Foltynewicz gets the ball, and he’s 4-4 with a 5.61 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. This is Foltynewicz’s first career game against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look for a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Cubs have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cubs have won six of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 124 hits and 70 RBI while Starlin Castro and Dexter Fowler have combined for 81 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last eight home games. Jake Arrieta takes the hill, and he’s 14-6 with a 2.39 ERA and 163 strikeouts this season. Arrieta is 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 15-37 in their last 52 games as a road underdog and 0-5 in Foltynewiczs last 5 road starts. The Cubs are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 4-0 in Arrietas last 4 starts. The Braves are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
We know the Cubs are the better team here, but do they really deserve this much chalk? We're talking about a team that just allowed 25 runs in two games against the Tigers. The Braves aren't the Tigers but still.. I'll take a shot in the dark.