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Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Cubs (46-45) at Atlanta Braves (45-45)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm (SunTrust Park)

J Lester (5-6) (4.25) vs. J Teheran (7-6) (4.79)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +134 / Chicago Cubs -144 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: WGN, FSSE

The Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves meet Monday in MLB action at SunTrust Park.

The Chicago Cubs look for another wi after splitting their last 16 games. The Cubs have scored 27 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 86 hits and 40 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras have combined for 158 hits and 104 RBI. Jon Lester gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. Lester is 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.     

Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Braves look for another victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Braves have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 straight games. The Atlanta Braves have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Ender Inciarte leads the Braves with 119 hits and 37 RBI while Nick Markakis and Brandon Phillips have combined for 187 hits and 80 RBI. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 4.79 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 2-0 with a 3.11 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 36-17 in their last 53 Monday games, 5-2 in Lesters last 7 starts with 7 or more days of rest and 36-17 in Lesters last 53 starts. The Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 Monday games, 6-21 in Teherans last 27 home starts and 6-2 in Teherans last 8 starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta, 9-3 in the last 12 meetings and the over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.

Teheran hasn't had much success at home dating back to last season, and he has an ERA over seven at home this season, however, he's allowed just two earned runs in his last 13.1 innings. Meanwhile, Lester has given up nine earned runs in his last 5.2 innings and has an ERA of nearly five on the road. Add in the way the Braves have gotten hot out of the gate in the second half, and the value is with Atlanta and the plus money at home. 

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