Chicago Cubs at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 3, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
Atlanta Braves +104 / Chicago Cubs -114 O/U: 8.5
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The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves will match up on the MLB diamond Wednesday for game two of their series.
In Monday’s opener of this set, the Braves bagged four runs in the first inning and never looked back on the way to an 8-0 shutout victory.
For Wednesday’s matchup, the Cubs will be sending out lefty Jon Lester. In his first start of the year versus the Rangers on March 29, Lester logged a win on 6.0 innings, four hits and two earned with three strikeouts.
Leading the offense for the Cubs so far this year is Javier Baez with seven hits, five runs, two homers and six RBI. Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber are all tied for second on the team with five hits apiece.
As for the Braves, they’re going with Julio Teheran on Wednesday. In his first action of 2019, Teheran put up 5.0 innings with three earned on four hits in a road loss versus the Phillies on March 29.
Topping the Braves offense this season so far is Freddie Freeman on seven hits, one run and two RBI. Ozzie Albies sits alone in second place at the moment with six hits, two runs and one RBI to his credit.
The Cubs are 25-11 in their last 36 in game two of a series and 20-9 in their last 29 versus the NL East. Chicago is also 1-5 in their last six overall and 20-7 in Lester’s last 27 road starts.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 7-1 in their last eight home games and 0-4 in their last four in game two of a series. Atlanta is 6-2 in Teheran’s last eight Wednesday starts and 4-1 in his last five starts versus the NL Central.
Dating back to last season, Lester has been on a really nice run. In his last 10 starts, Lester has put up seven quality outings, a 7-1 record and no starts with more than three earned runs.
As for Teheran, he’s been pretty solid over his last 10 appearances (nine starts), with five quality starts mixed in there and only one where he failed to go at least 5.0 innings.
This should be a pretty darn good pitching battle if both Lester and Teheran are on their respective games, and with a fairly high O/U number I like the under here. Behind Lester’s arm I expect the Cubs to take a victory as well.