Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/26/21

Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs MLB Picks, Odds, Predictions 4/26/21 Photo by Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs (10-10) at Atlanta Braves (9-11)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:10 pm (Truist Park)

Zach Davies (1-2) (8.80) vs. Charlie Morton (1-1) (3.91)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -150 / Chicago Cubs +139 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves meet in MLB action from Truist Park on Monday night.

The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound from a 6-0 loss to the Brewers on Sunday. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with a .292 batting average, a .373 OBP and 21 hits this season. Willson Conreras shares the team lead in home runs with Javier Baez as each have 6 home runs, with Baez having the dubious distinction of logging 35 strikeouts this season. Baez leads Chicago with 17 RBIs while Contreras has 13 RBIs. Bryant leads the Cubs with 7 doubles as well this season. Zach Davies starts on the mound for the Cubs here and is 1-2 with an 8.80 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Davies is 1-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 4 strikeouts against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to bounce back from being shutout in Sunday’s doubleheader against Arizona by a final score of 12-0 combined. Ronald Acuna Jr. has a .381 batting average, a .451 OBP, 7 home runs, 16 RBIs and 26 hits this season. Acuna Jr. also has 6 doubles while Ozzie Albies has 5 doubles while Dansby Swanson has 4 doubles. Freddie Freeman also has 5 home runs and 10 RBIs as well this season. Charlie Morton is expected to start here and is 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Morton is 3-6 with a 5.05 ERA and 69 strikeouts against the Cubs.

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Chicago is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 26-10 in their last 36 series opening matchups while the over is 18-6-2 in their last 26 games as a road underdog. Atlanta is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 103-50 in their last 153 games as a favorite while the over is 20-7-3 in their last 30 home games. Chicago is 3-7 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.

I get the case that could be made for either side here, but the bottom line here is that both sides can’t be shutout again on Monday, and with this pitching matchup I wouldn’t expect them to either. I think we see the Cubs and Braves both break out the bats with a questionable pitching matchup here, so give me the over in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Over 8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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