Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/12/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (42-18) at Atlanta Braves (18-43)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Turner Field)
J Lester (7-3) (2.06) vs. Aaron Blair (0-4) (7.13)
The Line: Atlanta Braves / Chicago Cubs --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves hope to send off the powerhouse Chicago Cubs with a loss in the series finale’.
The Chicago Cubs look like the team to beat in the game right now as they have avoided any major losing streaks. The Cubs bounced back from a series opening loss at Atlanta to roll up an 8-2 victory at Turner Field on Saturday. Cubbies ace Jake Arrieta improved to 10-1 with both runs allowed on four hits and two BB over seven frames. Chicago amassed 13 hits with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Miguel Montero and Jason Heyward clubbing long balls. Left hander Jon Lester matches up with the Braves for the second time in 2016. Lester comes off of a 6-4 victory at Philadelphia where he tosses eight scoreless innings and struck out nine.
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The Atlanta Braves record tells us all we need to know about how this season has gone so far. The Braves saw their opportunity at a three game winning streak go by the wayside after Saturday’s loss to visiting Chicago. Bravos starter Matt Wisler was charged with five runs on seven hits including three homers while Eric O’Flaherty gave up another three runs over two frames. Atlanta mustered five hits and walked twice with Adonis Garcia and Ender Inciarte driving in runs while Nick Markakis and Jace Peterson scored. Aaron Blair draws Sunday’s start against the Cubs who he has seen back in April. Blair comes off a 4-3 loss at San Diego where he allowed two runs on six hits and three BB in 4.1 frames.
The under is 11-3 in the Cubs last 14 overall and is 11-3 in their last 14 on grass while going 34-14-4 in Chicago’s last 52 Sunday games. The under is 6-2 in Atlanta’s last 8 overall and is 6-2 in their last 8 on grass while the Braves are 16-38 in their last 54 home games. The under is 7-0-1 in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta and Chicago are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Atlanta. I have to go with the Cubs who haven’t seen a real slump yet…