Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves - 9/3/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (59-74) at Chicago Cubs (74-60)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Max Fried (0-0) (5.40) vs. Mike Montgomery (5-6) (3.05)
The Line: Chicago Cubs -242 / Atlanta Braves +222 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, CSCH
Up at historic Wrigley Field on Sunday, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs will be finishing up their MLB weekend series.
The Cubs took the first two games of this set 6-2 and 2-0, then on Saturday Chicago won 14-12. That game featured 29 combined hits.
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For the Sunday game, the Braves will be bringing out LHP Max Fried for the start. In his 6.2 innings and 0-0 record this year, Fried has a 5.40 ERA with four Ks.
Atlanta has some notable hitters this year. Ender Inciarte came into the weekend with 174 hits, 83 runs, 10 homers and 50 RBI while Nick Markakis had 139 hits, 64 runs and 66 RBI in that time. Inciarte had one hit on Saturday; Markakis posted two hits, two RBI and a run.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they’re going with LHP Mike Montgomery on Sunday. In his 109.1 innings and 5-6 record this year, Montgomery has a 3.29 ERA with 85 Ks.
Chicago has some nice hitters as well. Anthony Rizzo came into the weekend with 137 hits, 86 runs, 31 homers and 97 RBI while Kris Bryant had 134 hits, 93 runs, 25 homers and 59 RBI. Bryant managed a run on Saturday; Rizzo slapped a triple with three RBI and two runs.
The Braves are 6-13 in their last 19 Sunday games and 1-4 in the last five during game four of a series. The over is 4-0 in the Braves’ last four during game four of a series and the under is 4-1 in the Braves’ last five Sunday games.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 19-7 in their last 26 during game four of a series and 5-2 in their last seven Sunday games. The over is 2-0-2 in the Cubs’ last four Sunday games and Chicago is 9-0 in their last nine home games.
This will be Fried’s first career start, and he’s supposedly got a really impressive curveball in his arsenal. As for Montgomery, he has given up just one run over 13 innings in his last two starts. I’m interested to see what Fried can do, but I’m going with the Cubs and Montgomery here.