Braves at Cubs - 4/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (5-18) at Chicago Cubs (17-5)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
J Teheran (0-3) (4.60) vs. J Lackey (3-1) (4.97)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -215 / Atlanta Braves +199 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series Saturday afternoon at Wrigley FIeld.
The Atlanta Braves could use a nice road win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Braves continue to have issues on the offensive end, as Atlanta produced just one run in Friday’s loss and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves are a brutal 0-13 this season when scoring three or less runs. Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 26 hits, Freddie Freeman has 27 RBI and Adonis Garcia has one home run. Julio Teheran gets the nod, and he’s 0-3 with a 4.60 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 2-0 with a 3.82 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
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The Chicago Cubs look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Cubs are getting it done on both sides of the plate, especially offensively where Chicago has produced 17 runs in its last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Chicago Cubs are an impressive 16-1 this season when scoring more than three runs. Dexter Fowler leads Chicago with 26 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 24 RBI and Kris Bryant has four home runs. John Lackey takes the hill, and he’s 3-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 1-1 with a 2.76 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 6-22 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series and 0-5 in Teherans last 5 starts. The Cubs are 40-16 in their last 56 during game 2 of a series and 17-8 in their last 25 Saturday games. The Braves are 5-0 in Teherans last 5 starts vs. Cubs.
There's simply no reason to bet against the Cubs in their current form, as the pitching staff is dealing and the offense shows up just about every game. There's also no reason to back a Braves team that can't put runs on the board.
Cubs win yet another game.