Atlanta Braves (5-8) at Chicago Cubs (5-7)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:20 pm (Wrigley Field)
Huascar Ynoa (0-0) (0.75) vs. Trevor Williams (1-1) (6.75)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +115 / Atlanta Braves -125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs meet Saturday in MLB action from Wrigley Field.
This will be game two of a three-game set between these teams this week. In the Friday opener, Atlanta notched a three-run win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta had a rough series against the Marlins this week, losing the first three before finally getting a one-run win Thursday. In the Friday opener versus the Cubs, Atlanta posted three runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 5-2 victory. Starter Kyle Wright went 4.1 innings with two earned and five Ks in that one.
For the Saturday game two, the Braves will send out Huascar Ynoa. Over his three appearances so far, Ynoa has a 0.75 ERA with one earned run, six hits, two walks and 15 strikeouts in 12.0 total innings of work.
Over on the Cubs’ side, they played the Brewers this week, winning Tuesday and falling in the other two games to drop the series. In the Friday opener, Chicago could only muster two runs on six hits in a loss. Zach Davies posted 4.0 innings with seven hits, four earned, three walks and one strikeout there.
For the Saturday game start, the Cubs will turn to Trevor Williams. In his two appearances so far, Williams has 9.1 innings with 12 hits, seven earned, four walks, nine strikeouts and a 6.75 ERA. He gave up five earned in 3.1 innings to the Pirates in his last outing.
The Braves are 4-1 in their last five after a win and 5-2 in their last seven against the NL Central. Atlanta is 43-20 in their last 63 as a road favorite and 102-48 in their last 150 as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Cubs are 3-8 in their last 11 home games and 3-9 in their last 12 as a home underdog. Chicago is 2-6 in their last eight in game two of a series and 3-9 in their last 12 versus the NL East.
PICK: I like the Braves in this one. A lot of that is due to Ynoa being on the mound, as he’s impressed in his first few outings so far. Ynoa has 100-mph fastball capabilities and a great slider; he’s used that to his advantage so far with 15 Ks in 12.0 innings so far. If Ynoa can keep it up and rack up a few strikeouts Atlanta should be in good shape for a win.